WATERLOO – Around 100 of Wilfrid Laurier’s varsity athletes from 23 varsity sports teams participated in the first ‘Healthy Hawk Day’ on Tuesday, October 23 at various schools across Kitchener and Waterloo.
“Our student-athletes are a great example of how to balance an active and healthy lifestyle with school and involvement in the community, both here in Kitchener-Waterloo and in their hometowns,” says Wally Gabler, coordinator of interuniversity sport at Laurier. “The day will give our student athletes a chance to give back to our community, one that greatly supports the Golden Hawks.”
Students from 30 elementary schools in both the Waterloo Region and Waterloo Catholic District School Boards participated in warm-ups and the importance of healthy living in their physical education classes.
"It’s important to promote these items to kids – especially in the video game age we are in,” said volleyball player Danielle Walker, who was at Queensmount Senior Elementary School. “I think they can relate well to younger student-athletes being active with them and talking to them about eating well and exercising.”
Laurier mascot, The Hawk, joined Director of Athletics PETER BAXTER and Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union president Dan Allison at Queensmount.
Also at Queensmount with Walker was hockey player Luke Dubbin who helped to the lead the grade sevens and eights in a similar work-out to the Golden Hawk men’s hockey program.
Each school was given a flag commemorating the event to remind them of their commitment to a healthy and balanced lifestyle. All the elementary school students from the day signed the flag to show their participation with the event.
The first of the annual event was coordinated by student leaders Ted Collins and Rachel Preston. Wilfrid Laurier would also like to thank Enterprise Rent a Car for the vehicles supplied for the program as well as New Orleans Pizza who supplied the lunch for the athletes and Talbot Marketing for the shirts.