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Silvertips visit Pinewood Elementary
MARYSVILLE — Marysville grade-school students got lessons in sportsmanship and goal-setting when members of the Everett Silvertips recently paid them a visit.
The Pinewood Elementary gymnasium was filled with third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students Feb. 19, when Jon Rosen, the director of broadcasting and public relations, brought along Silvertips centers Zack Dailey and Byron Froese to read a story and play some floor hockey with the kids.
Rosen explained that Silvertips team members try to visit as many schools throughout Snohomish County as possible, especially in Marysville, whose population contains a significant number of Silvertips season ticket holders, whom Rosen credits with giving the team “terrific support” over the years.
“We were at Sunnyside Elementary, we’re here at Pinewood and we’ve also been to a couple of other schools in Marysville, back in October,” Rosen said Feb 19. “We just want to show that these guys are just kids and students, just like everybody else here, trying to provide some good morals and show that everybody makes mistakes.”
Rosen told the students about an announcing mistake he’d made on the air once, and acknowledged that Dailey and Froese don’t always make their shots, but he emphasized the importance of learning from one’s mistakes and moving forward.
“These guys are allowed to play hockey because of how hard they work, and the fact that they did well in school,” Rosen said, after Dailey and Froese read a storybook about a young baseball player who learns to show sportsmanship toward other players, even when he’s not doing well on the field himself.
Dailey, 19, grew up first in Alaska, then in Alberta, while Froese, 17, comes from Manitoba. Both players used the terms “amazing” and “incredible” to describe the volume and friendliness of Silvertips fans, and each hoped to impart valuable lessons that they’d learned in their own lives to the students.
“Hard work will get you far in life,” Dailey said. “I really believe that, if you try your best, everything will work out.”
“I’m a younger guy, so I want to stress the importance of education,” said Froese, who’s also learned a few things about living on his own during his time with the Silvertips. “Good studies will take you far. The kids took a liking to us, so I hope we’ve been able to influence their lives for the better.”
After Dailey and Froese demonstrated some hockey shots, and playfully simulated some hockey maneuvers that constitute penalties on the ice, the Silvertips’ mascot Lincoln showed up to act as referee for the floor hockey game between the students, with Dailey and Froese each serving as captain of their own teams of students.
Pinewood Elementary Principal Breeze Williams lauded the Silvertips members for emphasizing how much effort and planning went into realizing their dreams, since the players spoke about taking up hockey as early as 2 and 6 years old.
“All their lives, they’ve set goals, and even currently, they’re setting goals monthly, to say, ‘I want to score this many goals,’ or, ‘I want to have this many hits,’” Williams said. “For our kids, where we talk about, every step of the way, set your next goal, keep going, aim high, try again, put effort into it and you’ll achieve your goals, I thought it was motivational for them to see someone who had done that.”