Alaskans can help support the Scotty Gomez Foundation this winter by playing in the 3rd Annual Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic. The fundraiser will be held at the Burkeshore Marina on Big Lake in the Valley.
The Scotty Gomez Foundation was founded to help make hockey affordable to Alaska youth. Some of the ways the foundation achieves that is through fundraisers and programs. One of the foundation’s programs was forming the Scotty Gomez Hockey Association in 2012. Through the program, families are loaned hockey gear and must contribute $500 towards that gear, ice time and tournaments. Under that program, kids will take hockey lessons, form teams and of course play hockey. According to the website, the value is of the program is worth $1,800.
The Last Frontier Pond Hockey Classic will start Friday, March 10 and run until Sunday, March 12. According to Carlos Gomez, the president of the Scotty Gomez Foundation, the classic will be played tournament style. Kids will play on Friday and adults will play Saturday and Sunday.
Gomez said he’s hoping for 100 teams, but noticed the event has been averaging around 50. He added that it will be a big party for families and kids. In addition to the hockey games, on March 11 the event will host Anchorage reggae band H3 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Registration will be $400 for a youth team and $500 for adults, with a four game guarantee. Registration ends on Sunday, March 5. Teams can register at akpond.com. For more information, visit the Scotty Gomez Foundation’s website.