Published on September 03, 2014
Knight Nissan General Manager Joel Courchaine surprised the SCCHS Colts football team this past Thursday with a series of donations through the Back In The Game Program
Published on September 03, 2014
Both Knight Nissan General Manager Joel Courchaine and SCCHS Colts Head Coach Derek Murdoch participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge following the announcement of the Back In The Game funding on August 28.
The Swift Current Comprehensive High School football team can focus on galloping on the field instead of being distracted by off field fundraising thanks to a donation through the Back in the Game program offered by Nissan and the CFL.
SCCHS was identified as one of 21 schools Canada wide that was in need of a boost for their football program, and this past Thursday they were surprised after practice with a series of donations totalling approximately $3,000.
"It's just a natural fit with Nissan and the CFL and the young guys playing football. They're needing some equipment so we thought we'd participate," explained Knight Nissan General Manager Joel Courchaine. During the surprise donation, the team was given a set of practice jerseys, goal post pads, along with an Oklahoma Chute which teaches players to be in a good football hitting position.
Colts head coach Derek Murdoch heard back in June they had been accepted to participate in the program, and submitted a wish list of items they were in need of. All of the items they received were in the top five of that wish list.
"You can't be anything but excited when you find out that you're getting some new gear. Obviously we've had some things that we've needed to replace, goal post pads being one of them. So it's kind of exciting that we got some. They turned out awesome - they're in our colours …so they're more than I would have expected."
The donation gives the football program a boost and gave them an extra dose of team pride.
"It's huge. It was money that we had to come up with from somewhere. Now we can save that money and put it somewhere else."
This year the team had already committed to a set of new team jerseys, and the Colts can now look forward to unveiling all these items at the Colts home and season opener this Saturday at 2 p.m. against the visiting Weyburn Eagles.
"We've got such a great group of guys. I think they all will feel pretty good about it. And it's going to look great Saturday when we've got our new (goalpost) pads on there. For sure it's a big deal."
In Saskatchewan, the Back in the Game program also impacted P.A. Carleton, Regina's F.W. Johnson, and Mount Royal Collegiate in Saskatoon. Improvements through the program included funding, equipment, playing field improvements, training materials, or providing other supports to keep players involved in football.
Courchaine said the funding contributes to student athletes take fuller advantage of school life.
"You learn from being part of a team. And taking one on the chin and getting back up. So it just promotes a good lifestyle and good skills for the kids," he said. "Every little bit counts so I think that they'll enjoy it and appreciate it."