VANCOUVER, BC – Vancouver Whitecaps FC is pleased to announce that the club will be participating in the ninth annual Vancouver Island Salish Hope and Health Community Camp. The event will take place on Monday, August 22 on the traditional unceded territory of the Snuneymuxw people (Nanaimo) in the grass fields of Beban Park.
The community camp will begin with an opening ceremony, hosted by Whitecaps FC legend Carl Valentine, at 10 a.m. PT. Whitecaps FC head coach Vanni Sartini will be in attendance in the morning, along with Hope and Health Player Council members Jake Nerwinski and Brian White. Additionally, Ryan Gauld, Ranko Veselinović, Cody Cropper, Marcus Godinho and Sebastian Berhalter will all be attending their first-ever Hope and Health Community Camp.
“We are very pleased to have the opportunity again to join Hope and Health and the Indigenous community on Vancouver Island,” said Nerwinski. “Personally, this will be my fourth participation and this year will be very special because it’s been a few years. I look forward to making new friends, as well as seeing many familiar faces. Being able to see these children grow, mature and develop a love for football is really something very special to see. I can’t wait to make more memories this year!”
The day will be filled with soccer skills, drills and games, as well as cultural crafts, bouncy castles, face painting and a lunchtime musical performance by nation artist Stz ‘uminus Nate Harris. This community camp is co-hosted by the incredible role models of the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds women’s soccer team, Vancouver Island University Mariners men’s and women’s soccer teams and coaches from the Hope and Health Aboriginal community.
“Hope and health is about creating opportunity and inspiration for children and youth, but also for families in the Coast Salish communities that this community camp represents,” said William Yoachim, Sponsor General Manager. Principal Kw’umut Lelum Child and Family Services. “We are very honored to have this relationship with Whitecaps FC, which has been part of this journey with us from the very beginning.”