On April 6, the Fox Run Hockey Academy held a hockey game against the Fox Run teachers at the new NexSource Centre.
The Fox Run Hockey Academy is a program that students with a passion for hockey can be a part of. Not only does this program teach students techniques in hockey, but also acquirable life skills, according to the Hockey Academy organizers.
“The game was so heart racing, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time,” a Grade 6 student said.
The purpose of this fundraiser to is not only show off the students skills, but to also raise money for Fight Like Mike – a charity that supports Michael Arthur, a Fox Run student that was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML).
Arthur was in the hockey program in Grade 6, so the team has a special bond with him. Arthur even appeared at the game as a celebrity coach for the student team alongside alumni Coaches Scott Ferguson and Dylan Thudium.
The spectators of the hockey game had a chance to purchase a puck to throw in the puck toss during the intermission. The puck toss was a huge success with $445 raised for the Fight Like Mike Charity.
Teacher volunteers from Ecole Fox Run School competed against the exemplary hockey academy participants. The heart racing game was a great opportunity for the students to cheer on their classmates or teachers in a fun filled event. It was also an amazing way to show off the new NexSource Centre, which has swept the town into a whirlwind of excitement.
The results in this charity game was 1-1. Both students and teachers alike made lasting memories at this event.
“I had a blast participating in the game, and am looking forward to doing it again next year, I can’t wait,” a Grade 7 player said.
Every second school day at lunch for 90 minutes, students take a trip to the NexSource Centre to practice and learn hockey-related skills. When the arena is not accessible the students will stay at the school to learn tactics or play games that they can apply to hockey. On special occasions the team even takes afternoon excursions to the yoga studio here in Sylvan Lake to loosen and stretch their tired muscles.