(Story courtesy Marc Smith, DiscoverMooseJaw.com) The Moose Jaw Warriors have had the week off, but they haven’t been kicking back with their feet up relaxing during the time off. In addition to practice every day, the tribe is out in the community, whether it be reading to students at schools, helping out with Hunger In Moose Jaw, or visiting patients at the Union Hospital.
Captain Kendall McFaull does his part through the Captains Care program, which was started two seasons ago by then captain Spencer Edwards.
“I go to the sick children’s ward at the Hospital and just kind of hang out with the kids,” explained McFaull. “We’ve got stuffed bears, pictures, on Halloween we delivered candy. We just try to hang out with them for a bit and brighten their day.”
While McFaull is doing his best to bring smiles to the faces of the kids, he says it’s usually the other way around, “Whenever I go there and leave, I always feel great. They bring up my spirits too; I can go there in a grumpy mood and come out happy, so that’s huge.”
Edwards started the program during his final season with the tribe two years ago and since taking over the captain’s role last season, McFaull has continued the program. He visits the Union Hospital every week during the season to spend some time with the children.
“I think any time you can help kids out its huge,” said McFaull. “It’s never fun to be in the hospital, I’ve been there before too, so anything you can do to help them out.”
The Captain’s Care program is just one of a few that the Warriors players’ are involved in, they also read to students at elementary schools in the “Read To Succeed” program, forward Brayden Point is involved with Hunger In Moose Jaw and helping make lunches for kids, and just this weekend, players were out visiting with local minor hockey teams.
“I think it’s huge to give back, most of the guys like doing it and enjoy doing it,” added McFaull. New this year Captain’s Care has teammed up with Moose Jaw EMS, who will hand out teddy bears to children.
The tribe is back to focusing on their game this week. They’ll practice on Monday and Tuesday at Mosaic Place before hosting the Prince Albert Raiders on Wednesday. That will be their last home game for a while as they head out on a two-week road trip after that due to the Capital One Canada Cup of Curling. The tribe will start that trek on Friday in Edmonton and Saturday in Red Deer, and then head out to the West Coast through the BC Division.