St. Matt's gets $2K donation to replace sports equipment

Kelly Snider
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FOOTBALL. New school year, new gear. Cumberland Councillor Stephen Blais has donated $2,000 to the St. Matthew's High School football program to help replace aging equipment and uniforms.

Councillor Blais joins Coach Guillaume, Principal Debbie Clark and players from the St. Matthew Tigers football team.

"I am thrilled to help St. Matt's football program replace aging equipment which will better serve its student-athletes," said Blais in a news release. "Successful high school sports program develop student leaders which eventually become strong community representatives."

The funds were raised by private donors through the annual golf classic, which was started by Blais and donated on behalf of Action Orléans, a not for profit club that has been helping arts, sports, and other groups throughout Ottawa.

Jean-Sorphia Guillaume, teacher and St. Matt's head football coach, said the team can't thank Councillor Blais enough "as we are now accomplishing things that were slated for year three and four."

"In my second year running this program, I wanted to accomplish a great deal for our student-athletes but recognized we needed help."

Blais has been heavily involved in amateur sports across the east end. He has donated towards the Cumberland Panthers to help the all-star team travel to Nova Scotia, help the Cairine Wilson Varsity Girls Soccer team travel to England, and much more.

Organizations: Cairine Wilson Varsity Girls Soccer

Geographic location: Ottawa, Nova Scotia, England

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