The schools of North Grenville experienced an unusual day out last week, as the Municipal Centre arena saw almost 900 students from Holy Cross Catholic School, Kemptville Public School, South Branch Elementary and Oxford on Rideau Public School turn out to watch the Kemptville 73’s take on the Navan Grads.

The game had been postponed from January 12, when bad weather had caused the delay, and the 73’s decided to make this a special make-up event. A spokesperson for the 73’s explained that it is “difficult to find evening ice at this time of year, so we thought we would try a midday game and try what some other teams have done, by inviting the schools to attend”.

That was the first of two really good ideas. The second was to support the community by having a food bank donation aspect to the game: “We thought we could benefit the community by running a food drive in conjunction with the game instead of charging admission to the game”.

That’s the kind of community spirit the Kemptville 73’s have been known for over the years, and the game certainly lived up the occasion, with the 73’s coming away as 3-1 winners over the Grads. [A full report on the game by the sportsguy is inside this issue].
Flag bearers for the game were Kahlaan Wilkes, from Kemptville Public School, and Jacob Blondin from Holy Cross Catholic School. It was a tremendous success, with nearly 900 students, and roughly 150 adult spectators, in attendance.

All food donations were given to the Salvation Army Food Bank in Kemptville, a welcome gift at this time of year, and one that will help many families in the community. The 73’s organisation was very pleased with the way things went and intend to repeat the experience. “Due to the success, we will try and do it again during our next regular season, at least once, possibly twice”.

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