This morning we were thrilled to welcome the Ohio University Child Development Center Preschool Room 213 to Bird Arena! The class of 14 three year-old children came to the rink for a fun morning of skating with the team. The teachers asked us to perform and show the children what is possible on the ice, so we kicked off the field trip by performing our program. We got off the ice and helped the children put on their skates. Many of the children had never skated before but all were eager to learn with our help. After about 40 minutes of skating the kids began to get exhausted, so Caitlin got off the ice and pulled out the Olympia for the children to see and take a class picture. A lot of the children have seen the Olympia at hockey games and were excited to touch the machine, spin the wheel and especially to honk the horn.
Sharing our passion with such young children was a great experience. Their enthusiasm and joy was contagious and was an uplifting event to launch us into our competition weekend. We will share pictures when they become avaliable.
After nine hours of practice, a birthday celebration, team gift exchange and multiple team dinners this week, we leave for Porter tomorrow morning! The time we've spent together this past week has brought us closer than ever before and those bonds are reflected as our program continues to improve. We are anticipating a lot of strong performances in our division but know that if we skate to the best of our abilities we can take a lot of people by surprise.
Wish us luck!