BC Lions turn energy to education program

Hume Elementary students had a special treat Tuesday morning as members of the BC Lions gave a presentation that would excite and educate.

BC Lions player Jason Arakgi gives a presentation to students at Hume Elementary School Tuesday.

Hume Elementary School students had a special treat Tuesday morning as members of the BC Lions visited to give a presentation that would both excite and educate.

As one of 75 schools in the province that the Lions will visit — including several Nelson locations — the young students were given a presentation from players Jason Arakgi and Jon Hameister-Ries emphasizing the importance of environmental responsibility and sustainability.

The pair of professional football players gave the students tips like turning off lights that aren’t in use, washing clothes with cold water, taking shorter showers and more through games and activities.

“I think activities are the best tool,” said Sean McGarva, community relations representative for the BC Lions.

“We’ve got to the point in the three years of doing this program where it’s a good mix of activities to get the kids involved and let them burn off some energy as well as getting the message across.”

Each year in the off-season, the BC Lions participate in initiatives like this one, including anti-bullying, gender violence and literacy campaigns.

“It starts when companies that have a message they want to get into the schools approach the team to use athletes as a platform to deliver the message,” said McGarva.

“I think having the BC Lions come and present the program has a bigger impact than a teacher or parent because they hear from them all the time. Sometimes it just takes someone different even though it’s the same message.”

McGarva said being in the community is a massive part of what the BC Lions football team is all about.

“We have a campaign, The Pride of BC, and we live that… it’s not just about making fans, but it’s about getting messages across to kids and being the whole province’s team.”

This Energy Champions program by FortisBC is just one initiative the team is a part of across the province.

Just Posted

Nelson’s oldest veteran dies at 99

Lionel Binette was well known for his annual recitation of In Flanders Fields on Remembrance Day

RED resort announces new ski lift

Topping lift will add new ski area to resort, reduce bottleneck on Motherload chair

Update: Bodies recovered from Pend d’Oreille River crash

To help support the family, a fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale

Paramedics union raises alarm over spike in out-of-service ambulances

Staffing shortages affecting service levels in Kootenays

Update: Car located in Pend d’Oreille River, teenagers remain missing

A fundraiser has been set up at Kootenay Savings in Fruitvale to help support the family

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

B.C. man sentenced for tying up, assaulting and robbing another man at hotel

Gabriel Stephen Nelson robbed and assaulted travelling businessman in Nanaimo in 2017

B.C. girl and her toy monkey make videos to fight negativity on Facebook

Ava Ast created the Ava and Cello’s Good Deed Page last month

Deadline extended through April to nominate top B.C. educators

Second year of Premier John Horgan’s awards offers $3,000 bursary

Paramedic staff shortage at critical level: B.C. union

A number of units were out of service due to lack of staffing in Lower Mainland, union says

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

Dead sea lion discovered on Hornby Island shoreline

Reports indicate animal was shot in the head

Celina Caesar-Chavannes quits Liberal caucus, sits as independent MP

The Whitby, Ont., MP has been a vocal supporter of Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott

Most Read