The Power of Sports!

Recently we had 2 Canucks hockey tickets donated and 2 of our youth were able to attend the game. One of the youth had never been to a hockey game, so she was very excited about going. When the two youth returned from the game, we asked them how it was and the youth who had never been to a game stated that, “It was the best experience ever!”  He said, “It felt like everyone in the arena was family because they were all cheering for the same thing—all rooting for the same team!”  Both youth really enjoyed the experience and were very thankful for the opportunity!  They even wrote a personal thank-you to the donor who donated the tickets.

At the same time, another one of our young people was struggling with how she was feeling after seeing her psychiatrist today. A staff member spoke with her about ways to distract herself when she was feeling that way and one of the activities that came up was to go and play soccer.  Soccer is an activity that this youth really enjoys, so it wasn’t difficult to engage the youth with this idea.  She took it upon herself to convince four other youth in house to join her in playing a game of outdoor soccer.  The five of them ventured out to play soccer- in the torrential rain!  They returned soaking wet and covered in mud from head to toe.  The youth who had been struggling with how she had been feeling earlier stopped by the staff office covered in mud, grinning from ear to ear, and exclaimed, “I feel much better now!”

Recently we had 2 Canucks hockey tickets donated and 2 of our youth were able to attend the game. One of the youth had never been to a hockey game, so she was very excited about going. When the two youth returned from the game, we asked them how it was and the youth who had never been to a game stated that, “It was the best experience ever!”  He said, “It felt like everyone in the arena was family because they were all cheering for the same thing—all rooting for the same team!”  Both youth really enjoyed the experience and were very thankful for the opportunity!  They even wrote a personal thank-you to the donor who donated the tickets.

At the same time, another one of our young people was struggling with how she was feeling after seeing her psychiatrist today. A staff member spoke with her about ways to distract herself when she was feeling that way and one of the activities that came up was to go and play soccer.  Soccer is an activity that this youth really enjoys, so it wasn’t difficult to engage the youth with this idea.  She took it upon herself to convince four other youth in house to join her in playing a game of outdoor soccer.  The five of them ventured out to play soccer- in the torrential rain!  They returned soaking wet and covered in mud from head to toe.  The youth who had been struggling with how she had been feeling earlier stopped by the staff office covered in mud, grinning from ear to ear, and exclaimed, “I feel much better now!”