Students at Lord Kelvin Elementary School proved they’ve got moves on the gridiron last week when they faced off against school staff in honour of a former Hyacks football coach.
About 30 Grade 5 students at the school took part in the lunchtime game, taking on staff with some help from Hyacks football coach Farhan Lalji and junior coaches Nick and Dave. The teachers, meanwhile, got a little help from New Westminster Police Department constables Gerald Lau and Dave Zemlack.
The students didn’t let up and finished the game tied with the teacher team at 3-3.
This first annual students versus staff football game was a special one, too, because it was held in honour of former Hyacks football coach Ryan Leslie.
Leslie, who is married and a father to two young boys, was part of the team’s coaching staff from 2003 to 2006.
He is suffering from lower- and upper-body paralysis after having surgery to relieve an infection located near his spine. A GoFundMe campaign was started to help raise money to pay for Leslie’s future needs as he rehabs. So far more than $68,000 has been raised to help Leslie and his family during this time.
With money collected from the students versus staff football game, the Kelvin Cougars added another $210 to the pot.