Sports have shaped and positively impacted the lives of Team Reid since childhood.
And now as the four young men dream of bringing home a Canadian and World Junior curling championship, they are doing their best to ensure all children have access to the benefits of sport.
“Every one of us has been involved in competitive and recreational sports our whole lives,” said Bishop Tonnos graduate Fraser Reid “We have been lucky enough to have the opportunity to play the sports we enjoy and often at different levels.
“We feel sports have shaped who we are and how we deal with every part of our lives. We could not imagine not competing.”
As Team Reid competes across Ontario on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour and the Ontario Curling Tour this winter, they will promote the Right To Play organization.
At every event on the tour, Reid, along with fellow team members Spencer Nutttall, Jack Lindsay and Richard Seto, will hand out business cards with Right to Play donation information, run 50/50 draws and host other fundraisers
Right To Play is a global organization that uses the power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through sports and games, Right To Play helps young people build essential life skills and better futures. Each year, Right To Play reaches close to 835,000 children in regular weekly activities in more than 20 countries around the world.
Reid said it only takes $50 to provide one child with weekly sport and play programs for an entire year.
“The Right To Play organization suits who we are,” he said. “It is the idea that play is a right for every child. We wanted to be able to give back to a cause that we can relate to.”
Reid has played on the Ontario Junior Curling Tour for the past eight years. He won the first OFSSA gold medal for Bishop Tonnos in Grade 9 when he viced for his brother, Eric. Reid also excelled in a number of other sports but decided to focus on curling. He is currently a third-year business student at Wilfred Laurier University on a four-year curling scholarship.
For more information on Right to Play, visit RightToPlay.ca.