Stanstead College teacher gets ‘cold feet’
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.
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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