Ask kids around here if they like the Everett Silvertips and you’ll get a loud and resounding ‘yes’, just as the kids at Glenwood Elementary will attest to when two Silvertips Hockey players showed up to their school last Friday morning.
Campbell Elynuik from Calgary, Alberta, Canada and Brennan Yadlowski, who hails from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada visited Glenwood in an effort to teach the students what it means to play for the Silvertips and how to implement active living and healthy eating in to their lives.
“The Silvertips have a long tradition of bringing players out to elementary schools around Snohomish County. Each year, the team makes nearly 30 appearances at local schools, combining good morals and strong leadership with a floor hockey exhibition with students selected from the crowd,” Jon Rosen, the Play-by-Play Broadcaster for the Everett Silvertips explained.
Elynuik and Yadlowski also explained to the kids the importance of getting an education. By working hard at hockey throughout their lives, both players are able to benefit with 100 percent of their education being paid for while they are playing hockey with the Silvertips. Getting an education is a top priority for these players.
“Many members of the Silvertips are students themselves, ranging from 16-20 years old,” Rosen said. “For every year that a Silvertip plays in the Western Hockey League, they receive a full year of tuition, including room, board, books and associated fees, to the college or university of their choice.”
There are many healthy living habits promoted during these assemblies, including:
-Setting goals and working as hard as possible to achieve those goals.
-Respecting opposing points of view and working hard to understand conflicting viewpoints.
-Everyone makes mistakes, and the importance of not dwelling on them.
-The significance of getting a good education and balancing extracurricular activities with schoolwork.
Another exciting point was the fact that these players, most of whom come from out-of-state of out of the country, have the opportunity to live with host families while they are playing for the Silvertips.
The best part of the event was when Elynuik and Yadlowski set up hockey nets and handpicked four girls and four boys to play a little hockey with them in front of their fellow students.
Visiting local schools is a highlight for many of the hockey players and they are willing to visit most schools within the county to impress upon kids the importance of staying active, healthy and getting an education.
“While there is no cost to bring the Silvertips out to your school, we kindly ask that participating schools arrange a group night with the Silvertips in which discounted tickets can be provided for the school and video board recognition as well as a special greeting from Lincoln, the Silvertips’ mascot, can be arranged,” Rosen said.
If you would like to learn more about Silvertips school appearances, please contact Jon Rosen in the Silvertips office at 425-609-2808 or firstname.lastname@example.org.