Kitchener Rangers players Kyle Gentles and Luke Richardson visited students in Grades 1-3 at St. Daniel Catholic School in Kitchener on Monday, February 12 for a Read with the Rangers on the RBC School Tour.
Read with the Rangers is a program that focuses on the importance of literacy while having fun. Students have the opportunity to read with their favourite Rangers players, and learn a little more about the players’ experiences through reading and education.
The players discuss important lessons with the students like respect, goal-setting, sportsmanship and teamwork.
On Monday, Kyle and Luke read Brady Brady and the MVP and Brady Brady and the Singing Tree to the students then took questions from the students about the books, as well as hockey and school.
After finishing the books, Kyle and Luke shared with the students the importance of balancing a heavy workload of both hockey and school. They both take Criminology at the University of Waterloo and invest a great deal of importance into time management, which helps them succeed at both sports and school, simultaneously.
Not all of the students were familiar with the game of hockey, so Kyle explained that he was a defenceman, and what his role on the team entails. He also shared what the responsibilities of forwards and goaltenders to the students who weren’t quite sure.
After hearing about the job of a goalie, one of the students recognized Luke and yelled out that he was a “celebrity”. Kyle and Luke know that to many young people in our community they are important role models, so they enjoyed getting to chat with the youngsters and share a part of their day with them.
The next visit on the RBC School Tour will be a Captain’s Clinic on Wednesday, February 28 at Trillium Public School in Kitchener.
To learn more about the RBC School Tour, click here.