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Kids Play Foundation, supported by the BC Lions, Host Flag Football Tournament at Tom Binnie Park, Home of BC Lions Practice Facility

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For many youth, the opportunity to play on the same field as the professional athletes seems far-fetched, but for some lucky students this dream became a reality as they set foot onto the field at Tom Binnie Park this last Saturday, August 17 for a Flag Football Tournament supported by the BC Lions.

As official event partners BC Lions Centre, Andrew Peirson from Kingston, Ontario was also on site to help guide and coach these young students.

“The BC Lions Football Club is proud to support the Kids Play Foundation in their efforts to help kids make positive choices and avoid the pitfalls of drugs, gangs and violence. The power of sport is transformative instilling qualities like leadership, teamwork and confidence. These are  life skills that everyone can benefit from.”  – Jamie Taras, BC Lions Football Club, Director of Community Partnerships

Kids Play Foundation was founded by Law Enforcement Officer Kal Dosanjh after seeing just how many youth engage in criminal and drug activity from an early age during his years as a beat cop on the eastside. Kids Play is a community organization that aims to keep B.C. kids away from the life of crime through its various sports programs and has served over 60,000 youth through their free programs and distributed over $65,000 in scholarships.  Kids Play believes in building a better future for our youth, one game at a time.

“The goal of our programs is to build a long lasting relationship with youth starting at a young age so that a sense of community, safety and integrity become well entrenched values, “says Kal Dosanjh, Founder of Kids Play.

“Developing these relationships early are critical to steering youth to make positive life choices.  Sports, and this event in particular, is a fantastic way to build that bridge. Today’s event provides a sense of community, a great opportunity to build friendships, and the ability participate in a unique experience for children who may not otherwise get the chance.”

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Golf, Gym, or Gaming? Members Clubs in Langley Explored

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Being active can take many forms, from physical exercise to mental, or a combination of the two. We are fortunate in Surrey to have access to a wide range of these activities, for both beginners and experts. With that in mind, we want to cover a few of the popular choices in specialized members clubs to help residents and visitors get just a small taste of what our region has to offer.

As professional-level establishments, the clubs we’re going to cover today might be intimidating for newcomers, but don’t let that stop you. There are plenty of ways to practice for these first, to ensure you know what you’re doing before you head out.

Cascades Casino’s Players Club

Langley’s Cascades Casino’s Players Club is extremely popular for gaming enthusiasts, covering classics such as slots, poker, bingo, and table games. Before we get into the specifics, however, let’s talk about what the place has to offer.

From dining to inhouse entertainment, the Players Club offers everything you might expect from a high-end establishment. Cascade boasts some of the best entertainment in the area and also a fantastic atmosphere to enjoy some classic tabletop games and spin a few slots. Even if you’re further afield, you can still get a taste of some of the action in-between visits, with many online casino sites being easily accessible from anywhere across Canada.

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As for the club itself, this can be found in the heart of downtown Langley. Boasting 70,000 square feet of gaming space, this club also features a hotel and spa, and a quality selection of dining experiences.

Members of their Encore club can expect benefits such as discounts, free brunch promotions, and other assorted bonuses across many of their establishments.

Newlands Golf

Those interested in golf should look no further than the Newlands Golf & Country Club. Located on 48th Avenue between 208th and 210th, this establishment has been offering first-class experiences since 1961. Available for dining, wedding bookings and, yes, golf, Newlands is host to both standard and tournament play.

With an Executive and Tournament course to choose from, players in this area have a fantastic place to practice their game. Just be sure to check their online tee time availability first. As a popular course, it can be necessary to book your rounds a little while in advance.

 

In their downtime, golfers can enjoy the Bar & Grill for dancing and live entertainment, as well as Mr A’s Patio restaurant for lunch and dinner. Dinner here includes a seafood buffet every Thursday and prime rib buffets on Fridays and Saturdays, so don’t miss out!

Newer players to the world of golf can rest easy, as Surrey also offers some prime opportunities to expand your short and long game. For a slightly more relaxed experience, we’ve had a lot of luck and fun at Hi-Knoll Driving Range & Mini-Golf.

This location at 4955 192 St boasts the biggest driving range in British Columbia and an 18-hole mini-golf course set among verdant farmlands. Great for an afternoon or much longer if you seek serious improvement, this is not an opportunity to miss.

Fitness Unlimited

Found at 20501 Logan Ave, Fitness Unlimited stands as one of Langley’s premier fitness gyms. Included within their premises are the newest state-of-the-art equipment and all the personal training that you could need to get started.

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Even better, Fitness Unlimited offers free trials for newcomers, meaning those interested have nothing to lose. You can start here, and you’ll have everything you need to get into the best shape of your life.

This isn’t only a gym, either, as their facilities run much wider than just exercise equipment. Group fitness classes including yoga, Zumba, Bootcamp, and more come at great prices for both groups and individuals, and squash and racquetball courts are ready for active sportspeople.

The first step

The biggest leap for getting into better shape can be the most intimidating, but remember, it’s almost always smaller than you think. Once you get your foot in the door, or on the course, you’ll find staying active, both mentally and physically, to be an increasingly easy pursuit.

Of course, these are just a few examples of the activities and entertainment available around the Surrey area. Check around online or go for a drive, and your body and mind will thank you.

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New Laws Make Online Gaming Legal and Easy

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The online world plays a huge role in our daily lives. We use it to shop, earn money, talk to friends, catch up on the news, and even to meet potential love interests.

Now in many American states it’s possible for adults to place legal wagers on sporting events as well. This adds an extra layer of convenience, security, and excitement to supporting one’s favorite athletes, not to mention the prospect of pocketing a little extra cash as well.

US Supreme Court strikes down controversial anti-wagering law

Concerns about the alleged negative effects of online sports wagering led the US Congress to pass the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) back in 1992.

Signed by then-president George H. Bush, the act soon proved unpopular and difficult to enforce. The decentralized nature of the Internet meant that Americans and Canadians could simply turn to overseas websites or illegal operators to indulge their wagering hobby.

Unfortunately, the unregulated nature of these channels posed a constant threat to innocent people. Many bettors found themselves the victims of ID fraud and other scams. Intended to protect Americans and others, PASPA was harming them instead.

Landmark government ruling changes the nature of the game

Concerns over the problems with PASPA led the state of New Jersey to challenge the law through the US court system. The issue went back and forth until May of 2018, when the Supreme Court declared that PASPA is illegal.

The benefits of this important ruling became clear almost immediately. With the overturn of PASPA, American adults in many states could now place online wagers on regulated websites protected by state-of-the-art cybersecurity measures.

New Jersey soon set up its own wagering system, followed by other states. Online sports betting is now either legal or in the process of being legalized in much of the country.

Substantial benefits for the public

The public payoffs from private betting are substantial, even for people who never place a wager. Here’s why:

  • The wagering industry employs hundreds of thousands of Americans and Canadians, many in good-paying jobs: The number is expected to increase as sports betting becomes more common.
  • State and federal coffers are already seeing substantial revenue enhancements: This means more money for road construction, education, and other vital initiatives. It also makes America a more vital trading partner for Canadian economic interests.
  • Legal wagering offers a safe, state-regulated alternative to illegal and offshore operations: This is good news for law-abiding people and bad news for criminals.
  • Legal sports betting is in line with the great American-Canadian tradition of liberty: Americans and Canadians have always prided themselves on having an open society. Legalized wagering is in harmony with this heritage.

The situation in Canada

The changes in America mirror the situation here in Canada, where each province or territory already allows some form of sports wagering.

Whether the changes in the US will affect the legislative environment here is a matter of speculation. You should contact your local municipal office or legislator if you have any questions about this topic.

A thriving part of the internet revolution

The technological breakthroughs that make safe, legal online wagering possible are but one example of the way the Internet continues to evolve. Going forward, sites such as Fox Bet will offer the ability to track games in real-time from any mobile device.

For example, let’s say you’re a basketball fan and want to follow the score of an NBA game. You’ll be able to do it at will, even if you’re engaged in other activities at the time. More and more outlets will offer this feature going forward, including online news sources.

The forecast for the future shows smooth sailing

Currently 11 American states have legalized online sports wagering, while 24 others are expected to pass similar legislation soon. Industry observers believe that most states will eventually make this exciting form of sports engagement available to their residents.

Safe, legal sports betting is but one example of how technology is enhancing every aspect of our lives. With computers and mobile devices becoming more powerful all the time, all of us can look forward to a more entertaining future.

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Hurricanes Announce Justin Williams Is Taking A Break From Hockey

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Justin Williams will not start the 2019/20 season with the Carolina Hurricanes as he has decided to step away from hockey for a while.

There were really only two possibilities where Williams was concerned when the offseason began. He was expected to either retire or play another season out with the Hurricanes but he seems to be caught in the middle for the time being.

So, while he hasn’t retired, he won’t be part of the team heading into the campaign and there’s no word on when he will return, if at all.

“This is the first time in my life that I’ve felt unsure of my aspirations with regards to hockey,” the forward told the Hurricanes official website. “For as long as I can remember, my whole off-season until this point has been hockey and doing what was necessary to prepare for the upcoming season. Because of my current indecision, and without the type of mental and physical commitment that I’m accustomed to having, I’ve decided to step away from the game.

The 37-year-old veteran was still a huge asset to the Hurricanes, having scored 20 goals and amassed 53 points in 82 games with the team last season. His influence helped them reach the Eastern Conference Final and it will surely be missed while he remains out.

Team President and General Manager Don Waddell says the team was aware of the possibility that Williams would not be part of it and prepared its roster with that in mind.

“We appreciate Justin’s honesty and openness throughout this process, and respect his decision,” he said. “He’s been an important part of our team, but we did prepare our roster with the understanding that he might step away. We are confident in the group we’ve assembled.”

The three-time Stanley Cup winner played 1,244 games over the course of 18 seasons, scoring a total of 312 and 786 points during stints with the Hurricanes, Flyers, Kings and Capitals. He won one of his rings with Carolina, helping fire them to Cup glory at the end of the 2005/06 season and developed a reputation as one of the players any team would want on the ice during crucial situations.

The Hurricanes are far from favorites heading into next season and Bet365 is offering 30/1 odds on their Stanley Cup chances. Meanwhile, Canadian fans could get the lowdown on sports betting with Bet365 Canada from instadebitsportsbooks.ca.

The Tampa Bay Lightning are the bookies’ favorites to lift the trophy next term and odds of 15/2 can be had with Bet365. The Boston Bruins are 10/1, the Vegas Golden Knights and the Toronto Maple Leafs are 9/1. Reigning champions, the St Louis Blues, are 15/1.

The Hurricanes are 15/1 to make it out of the Eastern with Bet365 but the Lighting are the favorites on that front as well at 13/4 with the aforementioned bookies. The Maple Leafs and Bruins are 4/1 and 5/1 respectively, while the Washington Capitals are 10/1.

The team will rue losing Williams for whatever amount of time they do but it could have been worse as he could have called it quits outright. The vet has only missed three regular-season games out of a possible 622 since turning 30 and is quite an advocate for longevity.

He was voted in as the winner of the 2018-19 Steve Chiasson Award by his teammates, an annual accolade handed to the Hurricanes player that “best exemplifies determination and dedication while proving to be an inspiration to his teammates through his performance and approach to the game.”

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Only Youth Kabaddi World Cup Returns to Surrey this Weekend

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Hosted by Kids Play Foundation with the Goal of Keeping
South Asian Youth Away from the Drugs, Gangs and Crime Lifestyle.

Surrey, BC –  On July 14, the second instalment of the U25 Kabaddi World Cup returns to Surrey, BC at the Bell Kabaddi ParkKabaddi is a contact marital arts sports and is extremely popular across Asia. Two teams of seven players have the object of having a player on offence run into the opposing side to tag as many defenders as possible without getting tackled.

Organizers say the game is a hybrid of wresting, rugby and tag and teaches youth a respect for all and fear of none. Kabaddi Federations have been in Canada for more than 25 years, but this is the only U21 Kabaddi World Cup tournament has been hosted.

There will also be a U17 and U10 division held as part of the event. Over 60 players participated with teams from Canada, Canada East, the USA, UK, India and Australia.

“The focus has always been on bringing pro Kabaddi players from India to play in Canada. Never was there any focus to give Canadian kids an opportunity up until Kidsplay Foundation introduced formal organized Kabaddi events,” shared Kal Dosanjh, Founder, Kids Play Foundation.

“We want to provide a space for youth to stay engaged in positive activities that keep them away for being tempted into negative lifestyles.”

The international tournament is hosted by the Kids Play Foundation, a nonprofit organization working towards keeping youth away from from negative influences such as drugs, gangs, and violence.  Kids Play believes in building a better future for our youth, one game at a time. 

Since its inception in 2015, Kids Play has distributed over $50,000 in scholarships and put over 60,000 kids through our entirely free programming such as organized sports, conference, after school programs with the Surrey, Abbotsford and Langley school boards, as well as other miscellaneous projects.

With an over representation of Southeast Asian youth involved in drugs, gangs and crime, Kids Play focuses on providing positive outlets for youth. Much of this involvement can be attributed to a loss of culture, language and self respect, which gradually erodes identity.

Thus, events such as this World Cup, help not only to reconnect youth with their culture, so that they can re-establish a link with their roots, but also a way to use sport to instilling strong fundamental habits and qualities such as teamwork, dedication, perseverance, and much more.

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Will Vancouver Whitecaps Make The MLS Playoffs?

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It’s been a slow start for the Vancouver Whitecaps. We’re almost at the halfway point in the regular season and the Caps are outside the playoffs. Vancouver welcomes Colorado Rapids to BC Place later this month needing the win. The sides around them have matches to play and Vancouver can’t risk losing ground. Will they rise to the challenge or will head coach Marc Dos Santos miss out on the playoffs in his first season?

It was clear that things needed to change last season. Head coach Carl Robinson had been in charge of the Vancouver Whitecaps for almost five years. First appointed in 2013, the former Wales international was originally an assistant at the BC Place but soon got the top job.

It started well for Robinson. There was a steady improvement in the side during his first two years which culminated in a trophy. Victory in the 2015 Canadian Championship was a memorable one. While an MLS Play-Off semifinal appearance capped a memorable season.

But Robinson’s tenure endured a rough spell. The 2016 season was a poor one and while things improved a year later, the writing was on the wall. The eighth-place finish in the 2018 Western Conference proved too much for chairman John Furlong. Robinson and a number of coaches were released and Vancouver started a rebuild.

The Canadian Marc Dos Santos was appointed in November 2018. The following months saw an enormous rebuild of the playing squad with dozens of incomings and outgoings. The biggest loss, of course, was Alphonso Davies – perhaps the best Whitecaps player since Pedro Moarles. The 18-year-old winger departed for Bayern Munich with Vancouver receiving a €10 million fee, the second-highest of any MLS transfer.

It was always going to be tough rebuilding the team. Lucas Venuto, Jasser Khemiri, and In-beom Hwang were the biggest signings in the reconstruction while Fredy Montero was brought in to add some goals. Player turnover is normal in the MLS but the changes at Vancouver were extraordinary. Doneil Henry was the only player to play in Carl Robinson’s final MLS match and Marc Dos Santos’ first.

That amount of change tends to have a negative effect on teams. That proved accurate at BC Place as the Caps got off to a woeful start. It was three consecutive defeats in their opening MLS matches as Vancouver had to wait until matchday 7 for its first win. Hwang got the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Los Angeles FC in a match which proved to be a turning point. So far, it was on their only defeat this season.

Since then, Vancouver has been improving. Some solid ties and wins over Colorado, Portland, and FC Dallas followed. Now, the Caps are in ninth place in the Western Conference on 18 points. One win could put them as high as fifth with the top seven teams heading for the postseason.

A postseason would make for an impressive first year for Dos Santos. Yahoo expert Andy Edwards predicted a twelfth-place for the Caps back in March. The opening few matches suggested as much but since then, things have improved. The Caps are now looking upwards but are in for a tough race to reach the postseason.

It looks like five teams will be battling for three playoff places when the time comes. The Caps are at the bottom of the pack in that respect but will still have to be wary of what’s behind. Last season’s conference champions Sporting Kansas City is going through its own regeneration. But the Wizards can easily close the three-point gap on Whitecaps with one of its two games in hand.

Indeed, the games in hand could certainly hurt the Whitecaps. Vancouver has played more matches than every side below them in the conference standings. Eleventh-place Portland Timbers has three more matches to play than Dos Santos’ side and four points to gain on them. In a repeat of last season’s conference semifinals, Timbers will take on Seattle Sounders next. Portland came out on top then and are 5/4 to do so again on Betway as of 12 June.

Vancouver Whitecaps will be hoping that doesn’t happen. After a troubling start, it’s been a promising few weeks for Vancouver Whitecaps and Marc Dos Santos. The Caps have lost just one of their last seven MLS matches but will have to wait a while for their next. As we approach the halfway point in the regular season, the Whitecaps are very much in the mix for a spot in the playoffs. That would constitute an impressive debut year for Dos Santos following the major roster reconstruction in the off-season.

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