|The Girls U9 (2004) Aurora Stingers’ A Team|
BMO Team of the Week Winner Videos
We all need to take a moment and step away from the "big picture" and focus on the little things, the important things, and those seemingly trivial things that need our attention. This past 2012 Holiday Season our wonderful TEAM adopted a Family through the Holiday Hero program run by York Region Children’s Aid Society. They were shocked to hear that the children within this family longed for the simple things in life; a pair of boots, hats, mittens and winter coats. Each girl donated towards the purchase of gifts, met at and took over the Aurora Wal-Mart. They paid for all the listed items and brought them back to a fellow team member’s home to personally wrap everything. On, a very cold, Saturday April 20th, the team was invited by the Town of Aurora’s Mayoral Office to participate in the Aurora Anti-Litter Cleanup day! The girls wanted to send a message to Mayor Dawe letting him know how proud they are to represent their community. Writing the Mayor and being personally invited to come out to his event sent a glorious feeling throughout the team. They decided a campaign name would be assigned to each initiative. First campaign would be called “Mighty Stinger’s Go Green”. May 4th the girls set out to join the Mackenzie Health Foundation's 8th annual Strides for Stroke 1K Scamper in support of York Region District Stroke Centre. Their imminent and very distinct cheer could be heard from the Richmond Green parking lot as it ascended the start line ever so LOUD and CLEAR. Spectators, runners and supporters stopped, smiled and applauded. Their Team spirit was so exhilarating it made Mayor Barrow of Richmond Hill and MPP Reza Moridi add a little extra step into their pre-run warm-up. Mackenzie Health’s President, Altaf Stationwala could not help but want to be photographed with this energetic group. Joseph Gulizia, President of Universal Care, could be heard thanking the team for a job well done. By the end of it all, Campaign #2 “Operation Beehive” had raised $900.00! So, onto launching campaign #3! After the team was made aware of a 7 year old boy in the community; all agreed to dedicate the soccer season to him. Carter was diagnosed with childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. To show the Team’s dedication they have placed Carter’s initials on their jersey right above their hearts. The campaign slogan ~"Battle HARD and Sting like a BEE” will be etched onto the Team banner. As they embark on their next few journeys, together, their focus sturdily geared towards Campaign #4 nicknamed "Honey and Spice and Everything Nice” Residents of the Ronald McDonald House will feel that love “Sting” and Campaign #5 will turn up the heat as the "Stinger's on Fire" will see this refined Team and the local Fire Department join forces for a charity! This astonishing young team defines the essence of determination, perseverance, love, friendship and teamwork that goes far beyond the game they love to play.