The spirit of Duncan McRae lives on in a memorial hockey tournament supporting KidSport Alberta.

13-year-old McRae died following a longboarding accident this past summer in the city’s southwest.

Mark Kosak of KidSport says McRae’s love of sport and his belief that everyone should be given a chance to play echo the organization’s message.  McRae’s family shared some of Duncan’s journal entries on the importance of sport.

"I got to read some of the things Duncan had written and they aligned perfectly with what KidSport is trying to accomplish as well," says Kosak.

The Duncan McRae Memorial Tournament has 20 bantam level teams competing between Thursday and Sunday at the South Fish Creek Recreation Centre.

McRae had a passion for sports, playing organized hockey, football and baseball, and was known for encouraging other kids to play.

Duncan's parents say the cause is a fitting tribute to their son.

“He would be the one to pick the guy that wouldn't always be picked,” says Allison McRae, Duncan’s mother.  “He just wanted everybody to participate."

All proceeds raised at the tournament will be donated to support KidSport programs which give kids from lower income families a chance to play sports.