Saskatoon, Saskatchewan — A charitable non-profit, the Friends of the Bowl Foundation, has named a children’s athletic awards ceremony after Saskatoon’s Lazer Autobody.
“Lazer Autobody thank you for generously supporting efforts to transform our city’s beloved sports complex into Western Canada’s PREMIER athletic park!” Friends of the Bowl wrote on Twitter and other social media channels. “We look forward rolling-out the details of the LAZER AUTOBODY SPIRIT OF SPORT AWARDS in the coming weeks!”
Friends of the Bowl aims to improve facilities and amenities within the Gordie Howe Sports Complex for the benefit of the residents of the Greater Saskatoon Area. For six decades, the Gordie Howe Sports Complex has been the athletic hub of Saskatchewan.
Set to run for at least five years, the Lazer Autobody Spirit of Sports awards will honour two baseball and two softball players–of any gender– its first year. In subsequent years, awards will also be received by young footballers.
“We had three young children when we founded our company,” says Jennifer Heroux, who founded Lazer Auto Body with her husband, Bob Heroux, in 1987. “We know how much the opportunity to participate in sports and in the arts as children means to people–even once they have grown-up.”
Since being established in 1987, Lazer Autobody has been involved in efforts to give back to the people of Saskatoon and Saskatchewan. To date, it has also donated $102,500 to Nutrien Wonderhub, a children’s museum that aims to bridge the gap between school and play in order to foster a love of learning in young children.
Its relationship with the Friends of the Bowl Foundation began far more recently.
“One of our colleagues actually let us know about the work being done by the Foundation,” says Jennifer Heroux. “It’s is an amazing project we are thrilled to be a part of it.”