By Tina Comeau
There was a lot of icing involving the Yarmouth Mariners last week, but it was the kind you lick off of your fingers as opposed to the kind that gets whistled down in a hockey game.
And if you think the Mariners are competitive on the ice, you should see them making gingerbread houses.
The activity was part of the Mariners’ weekly Icy Knights program. This program sees the Mariners players matched up weekly with young people – from children and teens to young adults – who have physical or mental challenges. Together they enjoy a variety of activities and last Wednesday it was gingerbread house making.
But things didn’t stop with the last gumdrop being applied to a roof. The next morning some of the players brought the gingerbread houses to The Meadows Home for Special Care where they were given as gifts to the residents living in the seniors’ facility.
Some of these residents are Mariners fans of the team. Not only do they go to the occasional game with staff from the seniors’ facility, but when the Mariners games are broadcast online on Fast Hockey they are shown on a television at The Meadows.
“Let's go Mariners, let’s go!” said 77-year-old resident Charlie Cann as the hockey players introduced themselves to him. For the young hockey players, it was nice to interact with the seniors.
“It’s really good just to give back, especially around the holiday season like this,” said Mariners forward Cody Castro, who hails from Pasadena, California. “It’s nice to come in and put a smile on their face. It makes us feel good as much as it makes them feel good.”