On Wed, May 11, Canada SCORES Poet-Athletes from our Surrey schools were treated to an experience of a lifetime – getting to know John Herdman, the Canadian Women’s National Soccer Coach, up close and personal at Electronic Arts Canada, the studio where EA SPORTS FIFA the video game is developed. Huge thank you to EA SPORTS for organizing this phenomenal event.
Our kids were thrilled to have the opportunity to ask John a few questions and it is safe to say that this was a unique Q&A session that John will not forget any time soon. The questions ranged from “if you could be a superhero, who would it be and why?” to “if you could give advice to yourself when you were our age, what are some things you would say?” Furthermore, they showcased their newly acquired soccer skills from our after-school programming as John observed from the sidelines. Thank you John for sharing your superhero alter ego (Spiderman) and more importantly, inspiring our kids with your wisdom.
As you may remember, a few months ago, Riya Arora, a 5th grader from Surrey wowed the judges at our Regional Poetry Slam at Fortius Sport & Health and earned a trip to perform at our annual SCORES Poetry Slam in New York.
A couple weeks ago, Riya boarded a plane to New York (for the first time) and represented CSV at the 10th Annual SCORES Poetry Slam. Before she left, she had the opportunity to be on the CBC Radio and recite her poem (http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/slam-poetry-vancouver-soccer-1.3528261). Not only that, she was even interviewed live via Skype by Heather Hiscox from CBC National News Network while she was in New York (https://youtu.be/gokq-_VjAtw). Here is a video of her performance in New York: https://youtu.be/WxtHMp4mUKc . It was an experience of a lifetime for her.
On Oct 3rd, Jim Richards, a super supporter of Canada SCORES, spent a day raising awareness and funds (close to $6,000!!!) for our organization by pushing his own personal limits by riding Mt. Seymour 7 times (6,291 meters) to exceed the elevation of Canada's tallest mountain, Mt. Logan – 5,959 meters. As a weekend rider, this was way beyond anything he had ever done in the past and tested his capacity, but it also put him in a position to ask his close friends, fellow riders and family to pledge him per meter so that a few more kids could enter the program and surpass whatever limits were put on them through circumstances beyond their control. It was a very long, very repetitive, grueling day, but he believed that the determination and resiliency shown are positive examples for the benefiting youths.
Thank you Mr. Laurie Ricou, the author of "Foot Notes: Telling Stories of Girls' Soccer" for inviting us to your book launch and donating your book's royalties to Canada SCORES Vancouver.