BC Lions player Shawn Gore helps a young Silverdale Elementary students reach the basketball hoop while teammate Matt McGarva looks on.

VIDEO UPDATE: BC Lions bring energy message to Mission schools

Players Shawn Gore and Matt McGarva visited two local schools on Monday to promote energy conservation.


By Kevin Mills

Mission City Record

Students at Silverdale Elementary received an energetic lesson from a pair of unlikely teachers — B.C. Lions players Shawn Gore and Matt McGarva.

The Canadian Football League players were in Mission Monday to raise awareness about saving energy as part of the FortisBC Energy Champions and Lions Pride programs.

The Lions mixed game playing with energy lessons to keep the students interested in their message of environmental responsibility.

And while football may be their profession, both McGarva and Gore have a natural ability to connect with  kids.

“This is just fun, it’s loads of fun. It’s great to see the kids. I’ve been in this position where I was one of them and  athletes came and I got to see a different side to them – a side away from the sport,” said Gore.

He joined the program not just because he believes in the message, but because he wants to be a positive role model for youth.

“I thinks it’s more about the energy than the actual message at times,” he said, explaining that kids enjoy the fact that players are excited to be there and to present the information.

“We want them to be excited about the good things in life.”

According to Gore, the kids always surprise him, either with a question, or an answer.

“They are a lot more knowledgeable than we give them credit for… You really can’t beat it. It’s good to have a change and be able to do this in the off-season.

Silverdale principal Jason Obert believes events like these are important for their educational aspects.

“It’s not just the information they learn about saving energy but also it gets the kids very excited and gives them the opportunity to see people they recognize from outside of the school. Kids getting the opportunity to get excited about learning is always good.”

When the offer was issued by the Lions, Obert said his school jumped at the chance to host the event.

Along with the energy-saving lessons, the Lions players hosted relay races and other challenges to keep the students entertained and engaged.

Earlier in the day, the Lions were also at Mission’s Windebank Elementary to spread the same message.

Now entering its fifth season, the FortisBC Energy Champions program is designed specifically for children in kindergarten through grade seven, emphasizing the importance of environmental responsibility and being an Energy Champion.  In 2014, the initiative saw the football club visit 75 elementary schools throughout B.C., inspiring more than 22,000 students to play an active role in reducing their environmental footprint.

Just Posted

Woman charged in Abbotsford mall stabbing served time for 2001 killing

Victim in Edmonton killing was stabbed eight times with kitchen knife

Trial date scheduled for man charged with killing Abbotsford officer

Oscar Arfmann slated to go to trial in New Westminster in January 2019

Mission to host We’re Your Neighbours immigration forum

Baltej Dhillon will be the guest speaker at the event set for March 17

Victoria-bound passengers left at Abbotsford airport

YXX staffers receive praise for help to passengers; airline criticized

Senior randomly stabbed in Abbotsford mall food court

Woman arrested after victim, 71, suffers serious injuries

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

Body discovered in burnt out car near Trail

Police report a body was found in the burnt out trunk of a 1999 Honda Civic

VIDEO: B.C. Lions sign defensive back T.J. Lee to contract for upcoming season

The four-year veteran had a team-high four interceptions and 49 tackles last season with B.C.

How an immigrant to Canada helped Donald Trump prove his mental health

Test that cleared Trump was developed by doctor associated with McGill and Sherbrooke universities

Premier touches on multiple topics ahead of Asia trade trip

Housing and childcare are expected to be the focus of the BC NDP’s first budget in February.

UPDATE: Friends mourn boy, 15, killed in Vancouver shooting

John Horgan: ‘No stone is to be left unturned until we find the perpetrator of this heinous crime’

VIDEO: Explorers uncover Canada’s deepest cave in Fernie

The cave, named Bisaro Anima, was confirmed to have broken the record on New Year’s Day

Vernon to host largest Special Olympics B.C. Winter Games in 2019

Games to be held Feb. 21-23, with more than 800 athletes expected to take part

League’s all-stars hit the ice in Langley

PJHL hosts top junior B players for all-star game

Most Read