Stanstead Col­lege teacher gets ‘cold feet’

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Stanstead Col­lege teacher Eryn Hes­sian had a ma­jor case of ‘cold feet’ last Fri­day night. Ms. Hes­sian, who is also the head coach of the Bishop’s Univer­sity women’s rugby team, went shoe­less dur­ing her team’s last matchup against the Con­cor­dia Stingers. Along with her as­sis­tant coach Sue Mag­wood and the coach of the Stingers, they all went shoe­less for the en­tire Fri­day night game in sup­port of a joint Cana­dian In­teruniver­sity

Sport (CIS) – Right to Play ini­tia­tive to raise aware­ness about chil­dren who do not have ac­cess to sports and proper sport­ing equip­ment.

“The game lasted about three hours and my feet were freez­ing. I worked in Ethiopia about ten years ago where I learnt how im­por­tant it was to have proper ac­cess to re­sources. Go­ing bare­foot was a re­minder of that ex­pe­ri­ence and we could all use a lit­tle re­minder now and again about the im­por­tance of things like shoes, drink­ing water,” she com­mented. “I have friends who work with Right to Play so it’s a bit of a sore spot for me. We don’t think a lot about chil­dren and their ‘right to play’ and how play­ing can have an im­pact on ed­u­ca­tion and health,” she added.

“Peo­ple no­ticed af­ter the game that we were bare­foot and it raised aware­ness among the play­ers, many of whom are at a turn­ing point in their lives,” added Ms. Hes­sian.

Over the week­end, coaches from over thirty Cana­dian uni­ver­si­ties went shoe­less to raise aware­ness about chil­dren, many of them who live in refugee camps, who don’t have ac­cess to sports and sports equip­ment. A lead­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian and de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion, Right to Play uses the trans­for­ma­tive power of sport and play to build es­sen­tial life skills in chil­dren, thereby driv­ing so­cial change in com­mu­ni­ties world­wide af­fected by war, poverty and dis­ease.

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Bishop’s Rugby coach Eryn Hes­sian and the coach of the Con­cor­dia Stingers both went shoe­less dur­ing their last match-up, paint­ing their toes in their re­spec­tive schools’ colours, to raise aware­ness about the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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