Upper Canada College’s second annual Horizons Hockey Day was an enormous success and a rewarding volunteer experience for all those who participated.
Horizons is a community service initiative that provides a unique partnership connecting UCC with several publicly funded inner-city schools. Student and parent volunteers, as well as the varsity hockey team, welcomed Horizons students from Thorncliffe Park Public School and GB Little Public School to UCC’s William Wilder ’40 Arena and Sports Complex on Feb. 11.
Horizons participants enjoyed tours of the arena and an open skate with the varsity hockey team and school mascot Cookie Monster. Many of the students had never skated before, and some had never even seen a rink or live hockey game.
The Horizons students joined the volunteers after the skate for hot chocolate and cookies (provided by the varsity team parents), followed by a creative poster-making session before the varsity Blues players took on their rivals from Ridley College. After falling behind 1-0 early in the first period, the Blues were uplifted by the immense enthusiasm and spirit of the Horizons students. The stands were so noisy that I had to cover my ears at certain points during the game. “Go Blues Go!” echoed throughout the arena until the game finished in a 2-2 draw.
Horizons Hockey Day was a success thanks to the organization and planning of varsity hockey coach Brian Green and UCC Horizons coordinators Elaine Ticzon and Jyoti Sehgal. Hopefully it will continue to be a tradition for years to come.
By Jared Freedman, IB2, Martland’s House