ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The fourteenth annual juvenile diabetes research foundation hockey tournament was held at First Arena tonight. Since the tournament began, organizers say it's grown.
"It was something that I was a part of fourteen years ago," said organizer, Eddy Lowe. "There was probably a handful of us that started it. At noontime, kind of pass the hat around. Knowing Hank Kimble and what his contributions have been to our community, we felt that it was important, given the situation with what his family, and with what his daughter had to endure. He kind of educated us."
There will be two tournaments over the course of Friday and Saturday. The first being held for kids on Friday from six to nine at night. Followed by the Adult tournament on Saturday from nine in the morning until six at night. Both tournaments will offer raffles, games and food to enjoy. With all the proceeds benefiting Type One Diabetes. Organizers hope that the tournament will not only raise money, but awareness for the disease.
"It's exciting because, again, behind what we're looking to accomplish, there's so many people affected by it, so this is the least that we can do to try and help out," said Lowe.
But for the kids affected by Type One Diabetes, the tournament is all about one thing.
"I think the best part playing in the tournament is having fun," said Gavin Mcinerney, who suffers from Type 1 Diabetes.
If you'd like sign up for the adult tournament on Saturday, registration will begin morning from 7:30 to 8:45AM at first Arena.