Warriors reach out with school visit program

The Westside Warriors were out in the community again last week, talking to elementary students at Chief Tomat elementary school as part of the BCHL team’s school program.

Westside Warriors (left to right) Tom Kroshus

The Westside Warriors were out in the community again last week, talking to elementary students at Chief Tomat elementary school as part of the BCHL team’s school program.

Players Izaak Berglund, Kevin Boyle and Tom Kroshus visited Chief Tomat, reading to the kindergarten class and then losing in a road hockey game to the Grade 6 students. 

It was the sixth school the Warriors players have visited this year.

“Our school visits are engineered to engage local elementary students,” said Andrew Deans, the Warriors marketing manager.

“During the visit we promote reading, physical activity and being community-minded,” he said.

“Students leave the day feeling touched by how approachable and giving we are, plus how our players themselves are concerned about their education.”

The Warriors next school visit is scheduled for Wednesday at Shannon Lake elementary. 

Players, coaches and team officials will also participate in Wendy’s annual Dreamlift Day Jan. 26 at the West Kelowna Wendy’s restaurant.

Funds raised at all Okanagan Wendy’s restaurants go to the Sunshine Dreams for Kids program that sends terminally ill children to Disneyland for the day.

There are three remaining school visits planned this season by the Warriors and they will also will visit the local Boys and Girls Club.

Warriors Rap… A steady climb over his three years with the Westside Warriors has resulted in a scholarship deal for Warriors captain Alex Grieve.

Grieve, the Warriors leading scorer this year, has accepted a scholarship to attend Bentley College for the 2011-12 season.

Now 20, Grieve has steadily progressed from a fresh-faced rookie who sat quietly at the front of the bus to a grizzled veteran who this year assumed the Warriors captaincy.

In 45 games played this year, Grieve has 22 goals and 58 total points. He’s currently 11th in league scoring and leads the Warriors team in three-stars voting.

He is also the second Warriors captain in a row to help raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society through the Warriors Battle to Beat Cancer fundraiser

“Alex has worked extremely hard to obtain one of his goals of achieving a scholarship,” saidWarriors coach Darren Yopyk.

“All the while, he has continued to put the team ahead of any of his individual aspirations.

Yopk said Bentley has recruited a very good young man who will be a tremendous asset to its institution on the ice, in the classroom, and in the community.

Grieve will join teammate Matt Maher at Bentley this fall. He also becomes the 12th Westside Warriors player on the current team who has committed to an NCAA Division I scholarship.

kparnell@kelownacapnews.com

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