GRATITUDE & GOOD DEEDS, HOME & AWAY, ON & OFF THE ICE
Chatham-Kent is one of the most compassionate and generous communities to be a part of and we are very proud of our live, work and play in our hometown. In this day and age, there is a worry often expressed that our children and youth are losing the importance of the simple things in life, of values that are rooted in kindness, hard work and selflessness. There are times when it is said that children, youth and adults no longer have the understanding that sport is more than a game to win. This year's Kent Minor Hockey Association Peewee Major AA Cobras have dedicated themselves not only to a competitive season of play in minor hockey but also to genuine efforts in making positive connections and helping others in our community as a team. The players have decided that raising awareness, giving their time and sharing their natural gifts with others are all easy, doable and important for our community. The players also want to inspire others, of all ages, to remember and do the same without expecting anything in return. The Peewee Major AA Cobras players have put a lot of thought into what they would like to focus on and why. The players took some time to reflect on their abilities, their values and also the things afforded to them in life so far that other children, youth and adults may not have. Listening to the players share their insight on some of the things we all can take for granted and the significant reasons why others may not be as fortunate by virtue of factors such as income status, disability or illness was very encouraging to the adult coaching staff. Throughout the season the team will be partnering up with Community Living Chatham-Kent as a valuable opportunity to promote the message that having a disability, noticeable or not, does not define a person and regardless of ability, everyone could use a little help sometimes. The players recognize their good fortune and blessings of not having to experience hunger and the daily effects of malnutrition. They have asked their friends and family to bring canned goods and sundry items to every home game to share with local food banks. They have expressed an interest in lending a hand to other helping agencies in Chatham-Kent to put together care packages or serve foods for those in need. The players have shared with the coaching staff how many of them and those known to them that have been impacted by a loved ones' cancer diagnosis. Promoting awareness, self-care, wellness as well as prevention and early diagnosis for treatments is very important to them as part of their efforts this year. We are very proud of this group of youth. We believe them to be great ambassadors, as many of the children and youth in Chatham-Kent are, that remind us, even in what can be a very fast-paced, self-fulfilling and unforgiving world at times, children and youth can and will make a difference for others. They inspire hope, they continue to grow their goodness in themselves and others. It is awesome to see them making lasting friendships giving back to others and having fun along the way! Whether we are home or away as a guest in someone else's community, our hope is that we are showcasing a great example of what both, the community of Chatham-Kent and Rogers Hometown Hockey are all about!