Unbeknownst to our students, two Edmonton Eskimo football players showed up to visit this afternoon. Number 11 is Grant Shaw, a native of Edmonton who was only recently traded back home and Number 30 is Mathieu Bertrand, originally from Quebec. Both spoke about their experiences and their journey to becoming professional football players, but the younger Mr. Shaw had a message that hopefully will resonant with our students. He explained how his poor attitude, and lack of academic effort almost cost him the opportunity to play ball. He encouraged all the students to set goals and work towards reaching them, take pride in their accomplishments and get an education. He was really honest and really sincere! The message was meant to tie in with our last pillar in the Character Counts program, responsibility.
Here's a couple of my darlings who were chosen to toss the ball with the players.
There were a few autographed posters being handed out...
and the happy recipient of one!