While the COVID-19 pandemic has undermined and taken away so many parts of our normal life, it can't suppress the spirit of the Concordia Stingers women's soccer team or its commitment to honouring Erica Cadieux.
Cadieux, a former Stingers midfielder, was killed by a car in 2006. She was an accomplished lawyer, and a devoted wife and mother to two young girls when tragedy struck. She was just 34 years old.
Every year since then, Cadieux's family, former teammates and the Stingers have gathered to honour her at a soccer game. They share stories and remember the gifted young woman who played three seasons at Concordia (1992-94).
At the annual event, toys and gifts are collected for the patients at the Montreal Children's Hospital. It's an important part of honouring Cadieux, and the Stingers women's soccer team wants to continue to give back despite not being able to play the game.
The team's leadership discovered a fun and spirited approach to fundraising. They set up a donation page for the Montreal Children's Hospital and hope to raise $5000 by taking on various challenges. Some are athletic and some are on the silly side. With each milestone reached, the team will tackle the associated task.
They are as follows:
$100 - Who can hold the longest plank ?
$500 - Who can complete the most push-ups?
$1000 - Who can squat the heaviest weight?
$1500 - Who can juggle a soccer ball the longest?
$2000 - Who can bake the yummiest treat?
$2500 - Q&A for the coaches to see how well they know their players.
$3000 - The team will perform a TikTok dance.
$3500 - Who can build the best snowman?
$4000 - Who can decorate the best Christmas tree?
$4500 - The players attend their weight-lifting session in ugly Christmas sweaters.
$5000 - Best challenge chosen by donors.
Of course, many of these challenges will be recorded and shared on social media. So stay tuned for a few laughs and help the Stingers support a great cause.