Thanks to DRP and the Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night Committee (PADAN) 160 Grade 7 students from eight schools in Oshawa and Whitby got to cheer on the Toronto Rock at their home game on Feb. 28.
Cst. Terry Rayner , DRP officer and therapist for the Toronto Rock, has been visiting the schools, along with Toronto Rock players Colin Doyle and Garrett Billings, for a two-hour, interactive presentation aimed at promoting a healthy lifestyle, teamwork and character development. By interacting with youths in a positive setting, it helps to build trust and open the lines of communication.
After attending the schools and hearing the presentations, I wanted the kids to be able to experience the actual game, said Cst. Rayner. Thanks to the PADAN Committee we were able to provide this amazing experience for them.
The youths got to speak with Toronto Rock Assistant Coach and former player Pat Campbell and player Mike Lum-Walker before the game started and then got to go on to the playing field at the end of the game.
All of the students enjoyed the game and the only downside to the evening was our home team lost 15 13 to the Buffalo Bandits. But not for a lack of support by the kids!
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Cst. Rayner, Assistant Coach Pat Campbell and player Mike Lum-Walker chat to the kids before the game (JPG file, 367.0K bytes)
The students have the opportunity to get some autographs (JPG file, 450.1K bytes)
DRP and the schools get a special shout out on the scoreboard (JPG file, 396.6K bytes)