(SACKVILLE, N.B.) - Members of the Mount Allison Mounties football team visited Salem Elementary school in Sackville, N.B. this week to talk to students about bullying. The stop was part of the ‘Mounties Football Tackles Bullying Program’, spearheaded by fifth-year commerce student and Mounties wide receiver Stuart Moore.
“Over the past few years I have coordinated a few of these anti-bullying presentations,” says Moore. Adding that their primary goal is to, “educate children at schools in the local community about the detrimental effects of bullying and strategies they can employ to stop bullying.”
Student-athletes Robbie Baxter, Brandon Leyh, Matt Montgomery, Alex Field and Aj Singh joined Moore on this week’s outing.
During the presentations, members of the Mounties football team share some of their personal experiences with bullying and share ideas around prevention.
Afterwards, the players hand out mini footballs, temporary tattoos, Mounties t-shirts and other prizes to students who can answer questions about the presentation.
“We typically end the day by going out on the playground, sharing a few laughs and playing games with the kids,” adds Moore.
He says the response to the program from the community has been extremely positive. Participating student-athletes have received thank-you emails from parents and often have youth who have participated come onto the field after games to see the players and thank them.
“As a fifth-year senior graduating after fall semester, I strive to emphasize to my teammates that they must utilize their time as student-athletes and role models to make a positive impact in the local community,” says Moore. He believes this sort of continued community involvement will help the Mounties succeed both on and off the field.
“With more and more of the guys getting involved in these sorts of activities every year, I couldn’t be more proud of my teammates.”