Dodgeball tournament to support Ed Hoekstra memorial bursary


The School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies is putting a new spin on an annual fundraiser held to support the Ed Hoekstra Memorial Student Bursary.

Following the winter classic hockey tournament which has been held at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus for the past two years, organizers have unveiled a new event for 2014: a dodgeball tournament.

The event is open to all Niagara College students, staff and faculty. It will be held on Saturday, April 5.

Mike Hoekstra noted the event was changed from hockey to dodgeball in the hopes of getting more people involved in the event, since it is a less serious sport, and is not affected by the weather.

Teams of eight players will be accepted to the tournament that will follow standard dodgeball rules. All teams are guaranteed three games. Five teams have already registered and Hoekstra is hoping for more.

In 2012, The College’s School of Environmental and Horticultural study hosted its first annual Edward Hoekstra Winter Classic ball hockey fundraiser. Their goal is to raise funds to support a student bursary in memory of faculty member Mike Hoekstra’s father Eddie Hoekstra who passed away in November 2011. Hoekstra was a professional hockey player who played for the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1960s.

“This event was a complete surprise to me and my family the first year,” said Mike Hoekstra, instructor and coordinator of the Landscape program who has been at NC for the past 11 years. “I can’t express how much the group that helped with that first event and subsequent events has meant to me; it is nice to be part of the friendship.”

The bursary is awarded to one student in the Landscape program each year. About $3,000 has been raised for the bursary over the past two years.

Lead organizers include Sandy Herkimer, Shannon Collison, Mike Hoekstra, and Allison Campbell (a NC grad and Eddy Hoekstra’s granddaughter).

On the day of the event, registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the games begin at 1:30 p.m. The event is expected to last until 5 p.m.

“Visitors are welcome to watch,” said Hoekstra. “Just keep an eye on the ball.”

Sign up

The cost is $10 for students, $15 for non-students. All proceeds will benefit the Hoekstra Memorial Student Bursary.

Register your team by emailing Mike Hoekstra at

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