During an exhibition game against the Truro Bearcats last year, the Bearcats captain allegedly mocked the former Weeks Crusher. In September Holmes discussed the on-ice incident, stating that his physical symptoms of Tourette’s were being mocked by head twitching and the words “twitch, twitch, twitch.” The league never found any grounds for suspension and therefore there was no further discipline by the MHL.
In the weeks and months to follow that game in early September, Holmes said the community support was outstanding.
“It was more the reaction after everything that happened that made me want to do something in the community,” he said. “I had kids coming up to me saying thank you and everyone I talked to said it was great that so much good came out of such a tough situation.”
Next weekend, July 19-20, he is the organizer for the Swing for Tourette Syndrome Lob Ball Tournament. Right now he has five teams registered, but hopes that will increase to six to eight teams.
It costs $250 and two softballs to participate. Each team must have a minimum of two females for the games, which will be played at Scotia Park in Trenton. Throughout the tournament they will have raffle and draw prizes and a barbecue.
“No, I never thought I’d be in this situation, but it feels great to be able to do something to give back,” he said. “It was a huge boost for me after everything (happened) to know that I could go on and not worry about it. I’m not different than anyone else; it’s just something you live with. I hope others learn that as well.”
On July 19 there will also be a dance at the New Glasgow Legion beginning at 9 p.m. The general public (19 and older) is welcome to attend the dance even if they aren’t in the tournament. They will take donations at the door.
Holmes said all funds raised will go to the Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada after they cover their costs. He said right now most are covered, but there are a few minor items left to look after.
For further information or to register a team call 754-5999.
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