Algonquin students are preparing for the first ever Powderpuff football tournament.
The all-girls touch football tournament will be held in early March, in the snow, to raise money for Breast Cancer Action Ottawa.
This style of football tournament is a tried and tested model, being played by colleges, universities and high schools all across North America, usually to raise money for charities.
After having participated in Wilfred Laurier University’s Powderpuff tournament as a coach, Mike Massel wanted to bring the same experience to Algonquin students.
Massel, a first year student of Algonquin’s sports management program and graduate of Laurier, chose a local charity that helps people suffering from breast cancer and their families find community support and education.
“It helps women in the immediate Ottawa area,” said Massel. “It’s a really great charity.”
The tournament is a perfect way to raise money for a good cause said Taylor Rogalsky, another student of the sports business management program who played in the University of Ottawa’s Powderpuff tournament before graduating from the human kinetics program.
“I can’t think of a better way to raise money for breast cancer research than a bunch of girls teaming up and playing an awesome game for a weekend,” she said. “You may freeze your butt off, but the satisfaction you get for raising the money is well worth it.”
The tournament is $100 for a team of 10-20 people. “All the money right now is going straight to the charity,” said Massel.
For more information on how to register a team or donate, contact Mike Massel at