St. Al\\\'s kids get ready for the game.
READY TO RUMBLE — Students from St. Aloysius Regional School took a field trip to Kids Day at Canisius College, on Jan. 17.
SPRINGVILLE — On Jan. 17, students from St. Aloysius Regional School in Springville went on a field trip to Canisius College for Kids Day at the Koessler Athletic Center. The Kids Day game features the college’s women’s basketball team and this year, the ladies took on Monmouth University. The Canisius Golden Griffins were victorious, winning 60-52.
Physical education teacher and St. Aloysius Athletic Director Bob Duggan had known about the Kids Day game when he was an undergraduate student at Canisus.
“I thought it was a great idea to give local students in the area an opportunity to attend a game,” he said.
This year’s game had close to 2,000 students in attendance. Tickets for the game are free for schools.
St. Aloysius brought approximately 45 students from first-sixth grades to the game. Some students made signs at home and brought them along, to cheer on the team. Students wore their St. Aloysius school colors of blue and gold, the same colors as the Griffs, and cheered loudly for the home team. All students were given blue or gold pom-poms as they entered the KAC. In addition, there were several local mascots in attendance and several St. Aloysius students were able to get an autograph from Buffalo Bills mascot Billy Buffalo.
Each school was able to select one student to participate in a relay race, at half-time. St. Aloysius sixth-grader Evelyn Smith was chosen for the race, which involved jumping jacks, jumping rope and dribbling a basketball. Evelyn’s team won, earning her a Canisius T-shirt and goody bag. Emmett Jacobson-Coolidge and Greg Reid also caught T-shirts, during a T-shirt toss.
“All in all, it was a great experience for the students of St. Aloysius,” Duggan noted. “When asked if students wanted to go next year, it was a resounding yes!”