For graduated Brookswood Secondary rugby players, a get-together was about giving back to a school that gave them so much.
The Brookswood Rugby alumni joined Brookswood Secondary's current Grade 8 players for a dinner and jersey presentation on March 11.
The alumni donated money to their former school to purchase much-needed game jerseys for the Grade 8 rugby players at BSS. Alumni as far as northern Saskatchewan and Alberta gave back to a program that has left lasting impressions on them.
For their donation, alumni picked their jersey number and had their names embroidered on the jersey.
Having their names on a jersey meant a lot to the alumni, especially for the Vaydo family who honoured their son, Andrew.
"As a family, we are glad that we are able to help out Brookswood Rugby and keep our son's memory alive at the same time," said Randy Vaydo, Andrew's father.
Giving back to the program was a common theme for many grads.
"Alumni were happy and ecstatic to give back to a program that meant so much to them," said Dino Camparmo, teacher and rugby coordinator at Brookswood. "It was wonderful to touch base with the alumni and to see what they are doing today... each player has their cherished memories of tours, fundraising events, practices, games, both the ones they won and lost, and the glory days of high school."
The alumni hope the new generation of players can experience what they did from the game.
"The game is more than just scoring tries and tackling, it's about teamwork, building community and being the best person you can be," said alumnus Brad Maw.
The Grade 8 players were extremely appreciative of their new garb.
"It's an honour to have past players step forward and give back to their school," said Grade 8 student Spencer Mitchell. "We are looking forward to wearing these jerseys, and paying tribute to former Brookswood grads and coaches."
Alumni who have donated include Travis Strain, Anthony Robertson, Rob Hayes, Alex Roberts, Tyson St. James, Steve Marce, Scott Gordon, Kolby Brezden, Micah Rossnagel, Stuart Crowley, Patrick Vaydo, the Vaydo Family - in honour of Andrew Vaydo, Chris Pack, Wade Dickenson, Jordan Pound, Andrew Mugridge, Dave Fountaine, Brad Maw, and Friends of Bob - in honour of Bob Panasiuk.
For other Brookswood grads, it's not too late to donate. Eight jerseys are still up for sponsorship.
For more information, contact Camparmo at 604 530-2141 or via email@example.com.
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