Calgary

Calgary police, Afghan community partner in Olympic fundraiser

Members of Alberta's law enforcement community are partnering with local Afghans to raise money for disabled athletes in that country.

More than 100 officers will play four-on-four ball hockey with local Afghans to support Special Olympians in Afghanistan

For the second year, law enforcement officers from across Alberta are partnering with the Calgary Afghan community to raise money for disabled athletes in Afghanistan ahead of the Olympics.

More than 100 officers, local Afghans and supporters of The Centre for Newcomers are coming together Saturday to play in a four-on-four ball hockey tournament, with all funds raised going to Special Olympics Afghanistan.

The idea for the tournament came from Det. John Langford with the Calgary Police Service, who became aware of a funding shortfall for Special Olympic athletes in Afghanistan while on a peace mission in Kabul.

Langford's colleagues at the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics decided to team up with the Calgary Afghan community after the first tournament in Kabul raised $5,550.

Last year's tournament raised more than $10,000 for Special Olympics athletes in Afghanistan.

Saturday's tournament will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT at the Calgary Police Service Westwinds Campus parking lot.

Along with the tournament there will be a free barbecue with halal meat and traditional Afghan food supplied by the community.