Marius Roevde (right), the executive director of Richmond FC, was gifted a blanket during a traditional Indigenous blanketing ceremony as part of the fifth annual Hope and Health Community Camp.
Richmond FC's Roevde honoured by Hope and Health
Published 11:49 PDT, Fri August 12, 2022
Richmond FC executive director Marius Roevde was honoured during a recent celebration at BC Place as part of the fifth annual Hope and Health Community Camp, which was held late last month.
Hope and Health is an organization that aims to bring Indigenous children and youth together in a positive way. The organization’s founders Deana and Ed Georgica built a relationship with the Vancouver Whitecaps to develop new soccer fields in rural communities. Hope and Health Community Camp coaches and staff are mainly former participants of prior camps, helping to create a network of support for multiple generations of youth.
Roevde, a former Vancouver Whitecaps FC goaltending coach, was gifted a blanket during a traditional blanketing ceremony. Over 200 Indigenous children and invited guests were at the ceremony. Roevde was acknowledged by artist, designer, and knowledge keeper Debra Sparrow, the sister of Musqueam Chief Wayne Sparrow.
“It’s one of the proudest moments in my life,” said Roevde. “It meant a lot to receive this honour, and that this happened in front of my children. Every dad wants to be a good role model for their kids.”
Roevde has volunteered with Hope and Health since 2012, and partnered with the organization when restructuring Richmond FC. Community outreach and giving back have become huge priorities for Richmond FC, and partnerships with local organizations like Columbia Chrysler, Coho Commissary, and various grants have enabled the club to develop more community initiatives.