Jake Smith loves coming back to his second home in North Bay.
The former North Bay Battalion star netminder was among dozens of golfers attending the One Kids Place Charity Golf Tournament at the North Bay Golf and Country Club on Monday.
Smith, who finished last season playing professionally in Bolzano, Italy has seen how One Kids Place can help as his billet brother was a client.
“I know my old billet, brother, One Kid’s Place had a big impact on his life, so I think giving back to them is really important in the city of North Bay that has given so much to me,” said Smith.
“It’s really special to come back here and being welcomed like I have.”
Smith attended along with another former star Mathew Santos and current Battalion players Brady Lyle, Adam McMaster, Justin Brazeau and Kyle Potts.
This event, with the North Bay Battalion as presenting sponsor, has raised over $175,000 over the past four years for One Kids Place Children’s Treatment Centre in North Bay.
“The tournament itself yields some good publicity for the organization in terms of what we do and understanding what we do but more importantly it really helps our children and families,” stated Denis Filiatrault, One Kids Place Executive Director.
“Some of the programs we have through our initiatives and some of the donations we receive from families and businesses, our families really benefit from that and the services we are able to deliver across our communities.”