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Jets' Mark Scheifele hits the links to support kids in sport

Jets' centre Mark Scheifele is in the middle of something different today.

Charity golf tournament raises funds, pays sport team registration fees for kids in need

Jets' centre Mark Scheifele is in the middle of something different today. 0:47

Jets' centre Mark Scheifele is in the middle of something different Monday.

Scheifele isn't centring a forward line; he's the marquee name behind a fundraising golf tournament at Niakwa Country Club.

The 22 year old is backing the brand new event in co-operation with KidSport Winnipeg.

KidSport provides registration fees for sports programs for kids under 18 years old who can't afford to take part in sports without financial assistance.

"Giving the opportunity for kids to play … hits the heart big for me," said Scheifele. 

"I don't know where I would be if I didn't have sport, you know. I think giving back to something like this is awesome."

The golf tournament caps a busy few days for Scheifele who, along with Jets' goalie Michael Hutchinson, headlined a KidSport Winnipeg fundraising hockey camp over the weekend.

About the Author

Mitch Peacock joined CBC News: Winnipeg in 2008 and covers the Jets, Blue Bombers, university and local sports extensively for web, TV and radio. Mitch has also served many national roles with CBC Sports. Highlights include four years as a rinkside reporter for Hockey Night In Canada, co-host of FIFA World Cup coverage, and play-by-play of freestyle skiing from the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.

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