The Robbie Tournament raises $50K for Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Soccer action slated over the next two weekends – Sports Jun 20, 2017 01:00 by Andrew Palamarchuk Scarborough Mirror
About 270 youth soccer teams from across the province will take part in this weekend’s The Robbie Festival, which takes place at four locations in Scarborough and one in Unionville.
“While it’s competitive, we don’t keep scores and standings. There are no medals for winners or trophies,” said Mike Ellis, chair of The Robbie. “Everybody is treated equally at the festival.”
The games, for boys and girls ages seven to 12, run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 24 and 25 at Timberbank Park, Wexford Park, McCowan District Park, Milliken Mills Park and the hydro field at Warden and McNicoll avenues.
The second part of the annual The Robbie takes place on Canada Day long weekend, July 1 to 3. The Robbie International Tournament involves 160 teams of girls and boys ages 13 to 18 from across the province and beyond, including Mexico, Barbados and Trinidad. The event takes place at 24 fields on 14 different locations in Scarborough as well as a two-field facility at Cherry Beach.
The final games will be held July 3 at Highview Park and at Birchmount Stadium.
“The first kickoff is 9 a.m. at each field and then games throughout the day,” Ellis said.
The Robbie will donate $50,000 this year to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, bringing its total donations to charities to $1.75 million.
The money was raised from team registrations and through a few sponsors.
Believed to be the largest youth soccer tournament for charity in the world, The Robbie began in 1967 in Scarborough with just a few local teams.
“In the very first Robbie, a can was passed along the sidelines and a donation of $66.52 was made to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, so we’ve come a long way,” Ellis said.
The tourney was named after Robbie Wimbs, the son of John Wimbs who was one of the original organizers of the event. Robbie had cystic fibrosis and inspired organizers to raise funds for research.
Ellis stressed The Robbie is run by volunteers.
“Our referees for every year of The Robbie have never charged to officiate games,” he added.