Sardis Falcons football program gets equipped

Head coach Adam Smith had his team on the field this week for their first padded practice.

The new football program at Sardis secondary school had its first padded practice Tuesday, breaking in brand new equipment that arrived in August.

“We’ve got over 50 helmets, 60 sets of shoulder pads and our practice jerseys,” head coach Adam Smith said. “We’ve got our (blocking) sled, our (tackling) bags, our cones and our footballs.

“The only thing we don’t have yet is game jerseys, and we’ll take care of those in the new year.”

Smith wanted to get students out for five or six outdoor workouts to continue building interest in the program.

“We wanted to let kids see us out here with our equipment, to get the interest up in the school and keep adding to our numbers,” the coach noted.

Fundraising for the Falcons is going well.

B.C. Lions vice president George Chayka pledged to lead the charge, donating $2,000 out of his own pocket initially, including $1,000 in memory of former Sardis star Rick Klassen.

His committee delivered another donation of $5,000 from a Chilliwack family earlier this week.

“They started about a week ago and that happened the first day they were out,” Smith said. “George has a group of former Sardis players who are businessmen in the community and they’re out there now.”

Chayka’s group includes Walter Peters, Dean Simpson, Gary Simpson, Ken Britton and Don Yates.

“We told them what our costs were and they’re helping us take care of that, and having a guy like George head it up is an advantage not a lot of programs get.

“It’s a relief having that.”

Donations to the program are tax deductible.

Anyone wanting info can contact Sardis athletic director Brad Geary by email at

Just Posted

Blaze destroys Chilliwack goat barn Tuesday night

Fire department reminds public about animals around heat sources

New bus route to ‘replace’ Greyhound along Trans-Canada Highway

Rider Express Transportation says they will soon begin a bus service from Winnipeg to Vancouver

Chilliwack Fair seeks volunteers to board of directors

Get involved in B.C.’s third oldest fair helping bridge the gap between rural and urban living

Around the BCHL: Merritt, Chilliwack and Coquitlam early-season surprises

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s going on in the league and throughout the junior A world.

Chilliwack ready for legalization with zoning and business bylaw changes

Cannabis retailers in Chilliwack will have to rezone property to open a storefront

VIDEO: First legal cannabis purchases as midnight strikes in eastern Canada

Newfoundland and Labrador was the first province to kick off the sale of cannabis, just after midnight local time

Boeser tallies in OT as Canucks beat Penguins 3-2

Vancouver wins without star rookie Pettersson

U.S. pot firm urges Trump to deny Canadian producers ‘competitive advantage’

The challenge for U.S. firms lies in the fact that while recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medicinal pot in 22 others, it remains illegal under federal law

Mayor of Kamloops says ‘history has been made’ with vote on B.C.’s lone pot shop

The store to be run by the province in B.C.’s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada

Government says imprisoned Canadian terror suspects must face consequences

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale showed little sympathy Tuesday for such individuals who now want to return to Canada

How rules for inmate segregation in Canada will change under Bill C-83

Federal government proposing changes to rules around inmates in federal correctional institutions

Canada Post union issues strike notice; rotating strikes could begin Monday

Union says rotating strikes will begin if agreements aren’t reached with bargaining units

Carole James avoids questions on B.C.’s payroll tax (with video)

Green MLA Adam Olsen cites huge tax increase for local business

Most Read