While the Redeemer Royals men’s soccer team’s focus has been a return to the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association playoffs in 2013, the team has been able to carve out some time between long practices and a busy academic schedule to give back to the community in ways other than through their athletic skills.
On Saturday, Sept. 28, a large group of Royals participated in Burlington’s fourth annual Hope in High Heels walk. For the men’s team, it was their first Saturday off in weeks from soccer, and many of them choose to use their time helping others.
The Hope in High Heels walk is an event for the Halton Women’s Place in Burlington. The centre provides crisis relief shelters for women in Halton Region. Its mission is to provide a safe haven, information, and education to support a future without abuse for women and their children.
Third year Redeemer Royals player Jordan Dias organized the group to go out and spend their day walking. Dias and his father raised an amazing $50,000 this year and over $120,000 in the past three years.
“I brought the idea of going to the walk to the guys”, said Dias, and “and they all thought it would be a great idea for us to do something for the community and represent our team and Redeemer in the process. We thought that as young men, we should stand up for the cause of stopping domestic violence against women. It was a fantastic day but certainly by the end we all had very sore feet.”
They had sore feet because all of the players who took part substituted soccer boots for pink high heel shoes for the event.
In total, the walk had around 75 men who all wore pink heels and walked 2km down Lakeshore Road in Burlington. The event raised over $80,000 in total.