18. July 2017 - 11:00 till 20:00
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Golf Tournament in Support of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Ctr, Ottawa, Tuesday, 18. July 2017

Help our YOUTH with Addiction

Dear supporter,

I’m alive today because of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre. That’s saying a lot, I know but it’s true. Let me share with you why…

For the years I have been on this earth, I have been lucky...I have a great supportive, loving family and equally amazing friends. School came easy for me, I won numerous academic and sporting awards, I was on the honor roll but it was hockey that became my passion. I begged at 5 to play and never looked back…my mom always reminds me that I was the only kid that thanked their mother for getting them up at 5am for hockey practice.

One day changed everything. I was on the ice playing the game I loved and I was blindsided with a hit to the head. The result: a severe concussion. My life as I knew it changed that day. I missed a lot of school and had to spend a lot of time in a darkened room. I didn’t feel the same. I wasn’t the same. And I lost the ability to ever play contact hockey again.

After a time, I went back to school but I didn’t feel the same. My hockey family/friends had moved on and I didn’t fit in anymore. I desperately wanted to fit in somewhere so I started hanging out with the so called “cool kids” and doing what they did. That’s when my drug use started. I experimented but cocaine became my drug of choice. I admit that I lost interest in all of the things I used to LOVE like school, sports, my grades, and my family. The need for my next fix consumed me and I turned into someone I didn’t recognize physically or emotionally. The once leader had turned into a follower. Shame consumed my life and I was spiraling out of control. My mom could see changes in me and she was constantly asking me what was going on and trying to get me to open up. I didn’t tell her the whole story, I couldn’t. But she found out…she’s good like that.

I realized I was in trouble and I needed help. I started searching online and found the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre. My mom was searching too and found the same spot but I didn’t know it until I talked to her about getting help.

When I went into treatment, I got back on track with my life. I wanted to finish high school and so I did – while in treatment. I also applied for a bunch of universities and got accepted into 4 of them. I chose McMaster and have just finished my first year.

And now I’m here and I want to give back to the place that literally saved my life. I found a new passion…golf. So I decided to organize an event, the 1st Annual Drop the Shame and Get In the Game Golf Tournament!

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available and I hope you’ll take one of them. We are also looking for golfers. Everything is in the attached sponsorship package but I’ll add some details below.

1st Annual Drop the Shame and Get In the Game Golf Tournament
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
The Canadian Golf and Country Club
7800 Golf Club Way, Ashton
To register:

If you can’t join us but would like to make a donation, that would be great too. Please look through the package and send it back to the Foundation. If you have any questions, please call 613-594-8333 x1304. You can also go to the Web site: .

Let’s raise some funds for the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre so they can help more kids like me – kids who just need a second chance at life.

Thank you,
Hunter Knight
McMaster University Class of 2020

To register:

Tuesday, 18. July 2017, Ottawa, Golf Tournament in Support of the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Ctr

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