Kitchener Rangers players Luke Richardson and Jonathan Yantsis visited Ms. Pavlove’s class of Grade 4 students at Breslau Public School on Thursday, December 7 for a Captain’s Clinic on the RBC School Tour.
The Captains Clinic is a program that focuses on the importance of health and physical activity while learning fundamental hockey skills. Students have the opportunity to practice and utilize these skills in a game with their favourite Rangers players. The players explain the importance of each part of the session and how the skills apply to the game.
On Thursday, Luke and Jonathan enjoyed a game of floor hockey with the students, teaching them some drills and helped the children with their techniques.
Jonathan taught the students that school and sports are often closely intertwined, like the relation between geometry and hockey.
“We use geometry a lot in hockey,” explained Jonathan. “We need to know angles to tell what direction a pass off the boards will go, and where we should be to receive it successfully.”
Luke and Jonathan were also asked what types of jobs they want to have when they grow up, besides hockey players, to which Luke responded police officer and Jonathan said lawyer.
Another great question they were asked was what their favourite part of playing hockey at The Aud is. Luke quickly replied that he enjoys playing in front of all the Rangers fans and also getting so much support and kind words from people when he is out in the community.
Both Luke and Jonathan shared with the students that they are also still taking classes themselves at Wilfred Laurier University. They warned the students that balancing school with a busy schedule of extra-curricular activities can be challenging when it comes to budgeting your time, so the earlier you get into a routine of making time for both school and athletics, the better. That way both your education and your athletic pursuits each get the attention they deserve.
The next visit on the RBC School Tour will be an RBC School Tour on Wednesday, December 13 at Driftwood Public School with members of Blue CREW.
To learn more about the RBC School Tour, click here.