Editorial: Get real at Lace ‘Em Up

Real sports are better for youngsters than a cyber life

What’s more Canadian than hockey? Nothing.

This week there is an event happening which could change a young person’s life in many ways.

Hockey is about team spirit, sportsmanship and exercise. It can help define a youngster and give them a venue for their energy.

The Lace ‘Em Up Hockey event, taking place for one day only on Friday, Sept.7 at SEAPARC arena is a chance for kids who have never played hockey to give it a try.

This event is open to males and females and they get to bring along a friend who may not have had the opportunity to try out Canada’s national sport. They don’t have to be the greatest player or the high scorer, but they can be part of a team if they decide they like the sport.

The kids don’t even have to have their own equipment, they can borrow some from someone or efforts will be made to find some to borrow. The kids don’t even have to know how to skate for that matter. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Sooke has a great arena and a very active hockey scene and both those have given many kids an outlet for their excessive energy.

This is a good and positive event and each year it has proven to be a lot of fun. It’s never too late to learn something new.

The beginning of the school year is also an opportunity to get kids involved in many different sports. It’s good for their health, both mentally and physically and, best of all, it gets them away from computers, cell phones and television. It’s real interaction with real people in a real world.

It’s real.