Photo Credits - Jodi Brown
Video Footage Credit - Troy Ryan
Halifax, July 15, 2023 - The Central Spryfield School's outdoor court came alive with excitement and inspiration as the Introduction To Sports Mini Camp unfolded on Saturday, July 15, 2023. Organized by ONE, this event provided young athletes with a unique opportunity to learn from experienced coaches, witness the remarkable achievements of Coach Troy Ryan, and advocate for upgrades to the court.
The action-packed day commenced with an invigorating hour of soccer led by Coaches Mark and Ambroise. With their expert guidance, the young athletes enthusiastically participated in drills and friendly matches, showcasing their agility and teamwork, which set a spirited tone for the rest of the camp.
After an exhilarating session of soccer, the focus shifted to basketball as the ONE Basketball Club Junior leaders took charge. With their impressive skills and passion for the game, these young leaders engaged the participants in dynamic drills and imparted essential basketball techniques. The outdoor court reverberated with the sounds of bouncing basketballs and the cheers of motivated players.
The highly anticipated final sport was hosted by Spryfield's own Hockey Coach Troy Ryan, joined by talented athletes from the Women's Dalhousie Tigers Hockey team - Ava, Gabby, Katie, and Ava. Coach Ryan, Head Coach of the Women's Ice Hockey Team at the 2022 Winter Olympics and Assistant Coach of the Men's World Championship Team, brought a touch of Olympic glory and championship spirit to the event.
Amidst the camp's excitement, Coach Ryan surprised everyone with hockey sticks and an array of exciting prizes, adding an extra element of enthusiasm and reward to the day's activities. As Coach Ryan prepared the table with prizes, medals, and championship rings, whispers spread throughout the camp about the possibility of witnessing his coveted Olympic Gold Medal. The children's eyes widened with wonder and awe as he unveiled the gleaming symbols of his remarkable achievements.
Music filled the air, energizing the camp and creating an atmosphere of spirited enthusiasm. The rhythm and beats blended with the participants' excitement, fostering a sense of unity and collective passion. As the camp progressed, each participant received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try on Coach Ryan's Olympic rings and medals. The outdoor court transformed into a place of inspiration as aspiring athletes felt the weight of the gold and silver against their skin. Dreams took shape, ambitions soared, and a sense of limitless possibilities emerged under the expansive sky.
"The presence of Coach Troy Ryan, the Olympic Gold Medal, championship rings, and the exciting surprises of sticks, prizes, refreshments, and energetic music created an unforgettable experience for the children. It left a profound impact, inspiring them to aim higher and work harder," shared Jodi, the event organizer."
The Camp went beyond providing an unforgettable experience for young athletes. It served as a platform for community advocacy, unlocking the court's full potential as an inclusive and vibrant hub. The organizers rallied behind upgrades, envisioning a versatile space usable rain or shine and during the winter months. This upgraded outdoor court would foster physical fitness, social interaction, and community cohesion.
By showcasing the court's potential during the camp, the organizers highlighted the need for enhancements. The enthusiastic participation and positive atmosphere demonstrated the transformative impact of an upgraded facility. With upgrades such as a roof, lights, built-in nets, a washroom facility, and a friendlier surface, the court would become a valuable year-round resource, catering to diverse needs and fostering community engagement.
The Mini Sports Camp's advocacy sparked a vision where the court becomes a focal point of engagement, strengthening community bonds and promoting active lifestyles. By rallying behind these upgrades, the organizers aimed to create a cherished asset that brings people together and fosters a sense of pride. Rain or shine, day or night, the upgraded outdoor court would serve as a valuable gathering place for community events and activities.
With the support of Councillor Patty Cuttell and the shared vision for an enhanced outdoor court, the organizers are one step closer to turning their dreams into a reality, promising exciting opportunities for athletes and the community at large.
The organizers expressed their heartfelt appreciation to Coach Troy Ryan, Ava, Gabby, Katie, and Ava from the Women's Dalhousie Tigers Hockey team, Coaches Mark and Ambroise, the ONE Basketball Club Junior leaders and the volunteers for their invaluable contributions in making the Camp an extraordinary experience for the aspiring athletes.
The Mini Sports Camp, held at Central Spryfield School's outdoor court, made a profound impact on participants, fueling their passions and sparking aspirations for success. This transformative event exemplified the potential for positive change, inspiring young athletes and nurturing a profound love for sports. It also served as a catalyst for advocacy, propelling efforts to upgrade the court and meet the diverse needs of future generations, fostering a vibrant and inclusive sporting community. Additionally, the camp addressed food insecurity by providing pizza from Jessy's, nourishing both the body and the spirit of the participants.
Together, the Mini Sports Camp, Coach Troy Ryan's remarkable achievements, and the advocacy for upgraded facilities created a lasting impact, empowering youth and mobilizing the community towards a brighter sporting future.
To learn more about how you can make a donation or explore sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to NovaScotiansHelpingNS@gmail.com. Your contribution will make a meaningful impact on the growth and success of these dedicated athletes.