Niagara Catholic Celebrates Huge Sporting Equipment Donation from Marks and Jumpstart

Students and staff at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School in Niagara Falls had a big day on Wednesday. Following the distribution of ashes, students in Grades 4-6 were invited to take part in a question and answer session with two members of the Toronto Argonauts – Matt Black and James Wilder, Jr – an event organized by the team at Mark’s Work Warehouse and Canadian Tire Jumpstart.

Every year the company holds its annual meeting for General Managers in Niagara Falls, and through an existing partnership with Niagara Catholic, they offered to provide 1,500 sports balls to the Board – 500 basketballs, 500 soccer balls and 500 footballs – to be distributed among our schools. To celebrate the donation, representatives from Jumpstart and Marks visited the school, joined by Black and Wilding, who spoke to students about dreaming big, working as a team and the importance of hard work to make it all happen.

The students asked some very insightful questions, ranging from whether they ever felt like quitting (they did), the thing they are most proud of and whether it’s better to play in the CFL or NFL (Wilding, whose father played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has played in both).

The Florida native finds it a little tough to adjust to -12C, so he did his full presentation – and some pickup games with the Grade 6 class who stayed behind – in his winter hat. It’s hard to tell who had more fun, the kids, or the adults, but it was a great day for everyone.

As a thank you for their generous donation of the balls, t-shirts for students and their time, Niagara Catholic presented the players and Marks and Jumpstart staff with Niagara Catholic shirts and cutting boards made by students at the Launch Centre.

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