Varsity Female Hockey – Volunteering in the Community
Newbridge’s Female Hockey – Role Models On and Off the ice!
The Varsity Female Hockey team from Newbridge Academy collectively agreed to volunteer at the Edventures after school program, Mighty Hockey on Saturday mornings, and recently hit the pavement for Light Up the Night 2016.
As of early September, from Monday until Thursday, the Newbridge Academy Edventures after school program’s participants welcomes the Newbridge Varsity Female hockey players with smiles and offers to play in the gymnasium together. For a few hours each evening, the Female Hockey team members join in the giggles, laughter, and children’s chatter, while mentoring the participants through games in the gym and art projects in the snack room. The energy in the place is a buzz with fun and activity for all participating.
On the ice, the team participated in two Mighty Hockey dates at BMO assisting the littlest players as they learn to skate and play on the ice.“What a wonderful way to spend my Saturday! On the ice at 7am to nurture the little ones love for hockey,” exclaimed Tait Hayden. The players worked one on one with the young players for the full session of Mighty Hockey on October 1st and 15th.
The players on the Newbridge Academy Female Hockey Program cultivate their leadership, coaching, and mentoring skills while they train to be come skilled hockey players. Citizenship is very important to the players in the program. Later in the day, the team participated in the Leukaemia and Lymphoma’s Light Up the Night 2016. “I am so happy I was able to participate in the walk with the rest of my team. It was amazing how many people came out to show their support to this cause,” said Samantha Blair.
Newbridge Academy students from Junior Primary to Grade 12 took part in events at the school to raise funds via casual day, individuals doing fundraising initiatives, and a flag football tournament. Parker Murchison, student at Newbridge closed out the event with a speech outlining his challenge with battling the disease at the end of the walk, and announced with the Light up the Night Campaign Board the community had raised over $600,000 in Halifax.
“I had a great time at the Light the Night walk. I got to see so many strong men, women, and children who have battled Leukaemia or Lymphoma. I also saw a family who had lost a loved one…#somedayistoday and I was glad I was there to support my friend (Parker Murchison) as he was an honoured speaker at this event and survived Leukaemia,” exclaimed Mackenzie Drake.
The players are committed to working hard on the ice, in the school, and contribution to their community. As one team member, Tait Hayden, summarized her weekend, “I am so proud to say I am part of the Newbridge Female Varsity hockey team! I also very happy that we had such a great weekend in the community!”