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May 13

The Healing Power of Sports

“In every community, there is work to do be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.”

– Marianne Williamson

Sports play an important role in our society. After the massacres that occurred at Newtown Elementary School, sports became a rallying call for normalcy and healing. On Sunday, Fairfield University organized Newtown Day at its men’s basketball game at Webster Arena. More than 300 children attended and participated in events surrounding the game: children from Newtown stood on the court with the players during the national anthem; lined up to give the players high-fives; participated in games of skill during time-outs; helped clean the floor during time-outs; and assisted the cheering squad. This spring, Fairfield is also planning an all-sports clinic for Newtown children in the spring.

What makes this unique and special is because sports, at all levels, can play a role in healing. Fairfield, a MAAC (Mid Atlantic Athletic Association) School and a rival of ours, has taken an opportunity to help these kids return to some sort of normalcy. Every year at Canisius, we play one game called “Kids Day” in which we invite local elementary schools to come to a women’s basketball game. What’s great about this, is that we have 2,000+ screaming elementary age schools that love the game. Sports has a unique dynamic to change the world and that is why I give Fairfield a sincere “Thank You,” because at Canisius we couldn’t do anything to help these kids out, but you did!

Until Next Time,

Brent Gray