July 7-9, 2023
SAM’S JAM 2023, a street hockey tournament for youth of different ages and abilities, taking place at Admiral’s Academy School in Conception Bay South from July 7-9, 2023.
SAM’S JAM is being planned in memory and to honor 6-year-old Sam (Sammy) Porter. Brave, Determined, Adventurous and Kind, these are just some of the words used to describe Sam (Sammy) Porter. On July 17, 2022, the world lost Sammy. While he was only 6 years old, his unique personality, infectious laugh, smiling eyes and energy for life will be a memory we keep in our hearts forever. Sammy was known for his knack and ability for climbing trees, or climbing anything for that matter, it was his trademark. His love for sports came instinctively, he was a natural athlete. Sam played hockey, ball hockey, and softball in the community. At hockey, he was the fastest; his speed and stride were unforced, a natural skater. Sam ran the fastest, hit the hardest and tossed the furthest. Sam was full of energy and fearlessness. He was a little kid with an incredibly large personality, a true friend who is missed by so many.
Ball hockey was a true passion for Sam. A special highlight of his young life was taking part in a street hockey tournament with his best friends making ever-lasting memories. He loved everything about that weekend tournament and asked daily when the next tournament would be. We couldn’t think of a better way to honor Sammy than to create a street hockey tournament so kids can make lasting memories, just like Sam and his friends.
All money raised at SAM’S JAM 2023 will go back to a foundation created in Sam’s memory – Sammy’s Climb Higher Foundation.
Sammy’s Climb Higher Foundation is a not for profit dedicated to helping the members of our community in the sports and recreation sector. Sammy’s Climb Higher Foundation will work to provide funding to families who struggle to enroll children in sports/recreation/arts
organizations and to community groups that require recreational equipment upgrades. Sam often questioned why some children were unable to play sports, in his own words “that’s not fair”. While some families can afford to pay their bills, they cannot afford the extras like sports for their children. Sam wanted everyone to play so the hope of the foundation is to help all those who struggle, not just low income.