Have you ever tried to do something and just go so frustrated that you gave up? What about just thinking about doing something monumental and not even attempting it? Yeah, me too. It’s pretty common. And it’s much easier to say “Oh, I don’t think so” at the mere thought of a task than to actually take it on.
Especially with sports. I mean, look at the training, stamina and strength that you’d need to have to play a sport like oh, say… hockey. I barely have the stamina to watch an entire hockey game, much less even play one so they must truly have rock solid, iron clad determination.
Now take that determination they have and times it by about a thousand. Maybe more. Then you have the amount of determination that the Vancouver Eclipse hockey team has.
Most members of this hockey team are visually impaired or are legally blind - if not totally blind.
This amazing organization has been organized since 1995 and is working towards getting a national Blind Hockey League. The purpose of their group is “to give everyone in BC who has a visual impairment or is blind the chance to play the great Game of HOCKEY!”
That’s it, pure and simple. How awesome is that?
For more information about the Vancouver Eclipse, check out www.vancouvereclipse.ca
Today is Spirit Day.
More importantly today is Jamie Hubley‘s day.
Jamie Hubley is the latest Canadian teen to commit suicide because of depression and homophobic bullying.
He was only 15 years old.
Please wear purple today and show these people that they are accepted and that they deserve to live their lives free of bullying.
This video is making the rounds on social media today.
It's a video response to the death of Jamie Hubley. It's almost nine minutes long...but worth watching.
It's eloquent. It's inspiring. And a perfect message for Spirit Day and every day.
And it gives hope that the conversation about bullying and acceptance is continuing in our communities - because it's a conversation that is so desperately needed.
And Scott...We Support You.
Last month Erica Ehm and Caroline Fernandez joined 18,000 young people and educators at the Air Canada Centre for We Day, 2011, a high-energy event put on by Craig and Marc Kielburger’s Free The Children. She heard from musicians, activists and politicians all there to inspire global and local change. Erica left feeling super empowered and ready to get her own kids involved in this movement to make the world a better place!
And, then we found out about Halloween for Hunger - the perfect way to start living the “We” movement - today! Why does this program make us so happy? Well, for starters, it’s an easy way to teach your kids about the power of giving back. Instead of trick-or-treating for candy on October 31, Halloween for Hunger asks your kids to collect non-perishable food items for local food banks. Because, with hundreds of thousands of Canadians relying of food banks to feed their children - this issue is scarier than all the ghosts and goblins of Halloween combined!
1) Register as a group or individual here.
2) Find the food bank nearest you. Notify them about your campaign in advance. They may have useful info for you - like what types of foods they’re most in need of. Make a plan to drop off your collection after Halloween.
3) Print Halloween for Hunger cards online (scroll to the bottom of the page) and, distribute them to the houses you visit.
Not only is this for a super important cause but it’s also a sure-fire way to eliminate some of that excess candy (read: tummy aches, toothaches and headaches - for mom!) that’ll invade your home at the end of this month.
Click here to make this Halloween about fighting hunger!