Jonathon Brodie – Recorder & Times
Jaime Fox didn’t have to write 240 words on social media and share her story, the same way the Brockville Braves didn’t have to play with her kids. Both felt compelled to and both Fox’s and the Braves efforts seem to have resonated with people.
Fox wrote a Facebook post on Jan. 12 detailing an afternoon with her sons at the outdoor rink at Rotary Park.
It was quiet on the ice that day with only about two people playing on it, Fox said. She was helping her sons, Seth, 9, and Carter, 5, lace up their skates when, “two teenaged boys sat down beside us.” She didn’t pay any attention to them until her oldest son looked over and said, “Hey, you guys play for the Braves…and you’re the goalie.”
Neither one of her children are shy, added Fox, who also has a oneand-a-half-year-old. The mother said Seth, a goalie for the Brockville Jr. Braves Atom B House team, is an observant child who likely remembered seeing the Jr. A players around the Memorial Centre.
Carter, enrolled in the Jr. Braves Initiation Program, had a different encounter with the Braves earlier this hockey season. There was a day when Fox was looking for her five-year-old around the Memorial Centre. She couldn’t find him, so she went up to a group of Braves players and asked if they had seen a, “short, little guy,” and they already knew his name. Carter was closeby in the stands watching the Jr. A players as they kicked around a soccer ball.
On this recent weekend, though, Carter, along with Seth, got to be included in the playing around with the Braves.
More and more Brockville players showed up to the rink after the kids went on the ice with about 10 joining them.
As the old pick-up hockey tradition goes, everyone threw their sticks in the middle of the ice to have them separated into teams.
“Of course, Seth and Carter threw their sticks in the pile,” said Fox.
There’s been times when Fox’s children will play at the rink with older kids. They’ll skate up-and-down the ice and move around with the puck, but they don’t always get fully integrated into the game.
This time, though, Seth and Carter weren’t just playing with the Braves, they were stars. A few of the junior hockey players helped Carter score a couple of goals with, “fist bumps to follow,” said Fox. Seth joined in on a fun brawl between two Braves that ended with Carter tackling one of them.
The family was only supposed to be at the rink for an hour. They ended up being there for more than two.
“It made my kids’day,” said Fox.
“My husband, their step-dad, got home at the end of the day and they were telling him all about it. It was just a great day for them.”
Fox has always held the Braves organization in high regard. The club has sent players to Seth’s hockey practices to play with his team.
Last weekend’s horsing around was a little different, though. The Braves players weren’t asked to make some kids’day, they just went out and did it on their own.
Fox didn’t make the Facebook post for people to necessarily see. She wrote the public post directly to the Braves page because she wanted to say thank-you to the organization and its players and make them all aware of what it meant to her and her children.
“Maybe the (Braves players) didn’t recognize or even notice what they were doing and for them to give that experience to my boys was something that I just wanted to let them know and say thank-you for,” said Fox.
The post has received a lot of positive reaction online, none of which Fox expected. The post has gotten more than 1,800 likes in less than a week and more than 150 people have commented on it.
“Your story brought tears to my eyes. I remember him being that young and playing like it was yesterday,” replied Lora Mowers, mother to Braves defenceman Chace McCardle. “So proud of these young men.”
“What a wonderful sense of community these players have, and how selfless of them to make the day so special for your little guys,” said Carol Kidd in another reply to Fox’s post. “It’s nice to think that it’s not so long ago when they experienced the thrill of being so close in proximity to the heroes of their youth, and were filled with the same sense of wonder and excitement as reflected in the eyes of your boys.”
Original Story at Recorder.ca