On a very hot and sunny Saturday afternoon the Burlington Braves travelled to London for an exhibition football game with the Beefeaters at John Paul II Field. The game honoured former Beefs’ and Braves’ trainer Dave Harding, who passed away earlier this year. Dave was most recently the vice president of the Ontario Football Conference.
All proceeds from the game were donated to the Sunshine Dreams for Kids.
The Sunshine Foundation (http://www.sunshine.ca) makes dreams come true for children, between the ages of three and 18 birthday, living in Canada, who are challenged by severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. The donation included the $5 admission of all those in attendance, the 50/50 draw, including the winner’s share. The game officials donated their game fees and the Burlington Braves Alumni also made a donation to Sunshine.
The teams used the game as a warm up to the start of the OFC junior schedule next weekend. The Beefs will host the St. Leonard Cougars at TD Waterhouse Stadium at 2 p.m. The Braves will travel to Windsor Sunday for a 4 p.m. kick off against the AKO Fratmen at Windsor Stadium. The third game features the Hamilton Hurricanes in Ottawa against the Sooners at Keith Harris Stadium.
The score of the inaugural Harding Cup was 12-6 in favour of the Beefeaters.