The Montreal Alouettes visit Laurier-Macdonald students

Three Montreal Alouette players visit the football teams of Laurier-Macdonald High School in Saint-Leonard on May 5.

Players Quan Bray and Vernon Adams Jr. And Hergy Mayala are all on a trip for this surprise visit that was organized in collaboration with the school staff.

We tried our best to hide the news from the students and surprise them. They were told to make sure to attend because there would be something special in practice today. Marcel Pinto, an English teacher at the Laurier-Macdonald School, shared that when they found out that Alouettes were coming, they were very excited.

to have fun

During an afternoon of enjoying themselves in the sun, the forty young men were divided into three groups under the guidance of their stellar coach.

Tactical opposition and contactless mini-games took place in a fun and festive atmosphere.

“The most important thing is to have fun. Of course, in football you sometimes have to be serious, but the important thing is to show young people that above all it is fun at that age,” says Vernon Adams.

It was really cool to see the smiles on the faces of the young men. I enjoyed myself so much it was great, and I’m so glad we came today.

Vernon Adams Jr., quarterback of the Montreal Alois.

The same story is by Quan Bray, who also stresses the importance of young people having a good time after two long years of health restrictions.

“Events like this allow them to have a great time outdoors while still being active. Above all, two years into the pandemic, I think it is important for them to get a taste of exercise again, and simply to live their lives as young people,” says the Indianapolis player. Former Colts.

Giving back to the community

For Montreal Alouettes Director of Community Engagement, Alison Sobol, the occasional presence of players in schools is an important way to give back to the community.

“It is important for young people to feel valued and supported in what they do, whether at school or in sports. An event like this encourages them to continue their efforts.”

As for Montrealer Hergy Mayala, this engagement with the city guys who saw him grow up was totally normal.

It is very special for me to be back home in the city where I grew up. When Alouette asked me to return, I did not hesitate. I want to do anything I can to help the community in my town.

Herji Mayala, receiver for the Montreal Alouette.

“When I was in school, we didn’t necessarily have a chance to see the Alouettes or other professional athletes. Coming here today is something I take very seriously,” said new junior Alouettes.

After leaving high school to study in the United States and playing for three years with the Calgary Stampeders, Hergy Mayala returned to his hometown with the Alouettes. (Image credit: David Floatt, Metro Media)

Through this activity, the athlete from West Island also spoke with young people about perseverance in school and mental health.

“It is very important to make young people understand that even as athletes, they have to do well in school. We also talked about mental health, because it is essential that they have the right tools when they are facing challenges and adversities in their lives.

While the Alouettes community program has been suspended due to the pandemic, Allyson Sobol explains that several other dedicated initiatives will be rolled out with primary and secondary institutions in the city by the end of the year. A new comprehensive program will also be developed from the beginning of 2023.

“We try to be present in the entire community in Montreal. Everything we can do to help and inspire these young people is by showing them that we knew what they knew, and we want to do it,” concludes Vernon Adams.

(Image credit: David Floatt, Metro Media)

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