Athletic groups benefit from 1966 Ford Mustang giveaway
- Rose Mansbridge-Goldie | September 15, 2021
A fully restored 1966 Ford Mustang is calling your name and you are blushing because this baby is the sleekest ride you have ever seen.
Luxurious black leather seats are detailed with the Mustang logo, found exclusively in cars with the Pony Interior. The red exterior makes neighbours swoon as it moves you to vintage paradise.
That car could be yours by entering a sweepstakes that supports young athletes.
Some of them are part of the Saskatoon-based track and field club, Running Wild Athletics (RWA).
“We have a developmental program that takes in athletes and works with youth who've never experienced track and field,” said Derek Rope, chair of RWA.
“We want to connect young athletes to mentors and coaches at the university level so they can get to know one another on and off the track,” Rope said.
RWA also highlights cultural awareness.
Rope recently took 22 athletes to Missinipe, an hour north of La Ronge, where they sat in a circle with an Elder who talked about the importance of the northern lands, Rope said.
They also visited a trap line, went fishing and learned how to call moose.
Those who buy tickets for the car will also be helping a group of Indigenous athletes who sign up for clinics and tournaments put on by One Love Basketball, a non-profit co-founded by Mike Tanton of Saskatoon.
The participants, like those in RWA, have opportunities to share in cultural activities.
One Love provides most of these activities for free to include as many kids as possible, Tanton said.
“The ability for youth to do something positive that helps get their minds and bodies moving and thinking in a good way is what’s important to us.”
Information on clinics can be found here: www.onelovebasketball.com.
RWA and One Love are volunteer run but their programming still costs money. To help cover costs, Rope and Tanton created Outstand Foundation, a non-profit for fundraising.
All of the money raised by the Mustang raffle will go to Running Wild Athletics and One Love Basketball for programming.
You must be 18 to participate. The last day to buy tickets is Oct. 15 and the draw will be made a week later.
Find details about the sweepstakes here: https://outstand.ca.