Friendly ‘hockey brawl’ livens up sports-themed day at Streamway Villa

Sports day is one of many day-long themed programs the home has been hosting in February and March

When a Streamway Villa resident wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey came face to face with a life enrichment aide (LEA) clad in Boston Bruins attire, there was bound to be trouble.

The two hockey clubs are both renowned for their die-hard fans who, in some cases, don’t want to see the opposing team’s uniform in their neighbourhood.

So, when resident Gavin Wilson and LEA Lynette Sandercock crossed paths, they decided to have a brawl – albeit, a very friendly one – to liven up the sports-themed day Streamway Villa recently hosted.

“They were fighting it out for who the best hockey team is,” explains Streamway Villa life enrichment co-ordinator Laurie Kracht, who witnessed the “altercation.”

Gavin and Lynette happily posed for photos of them “duking it out” in support of their favourite team, and this is exactly the sort of passion the life enrichment staff was hoping to tap into during the sports-themed day.

During the sports-themed day residents and staff members were encouraged to wear jerseys, shirts, caps and other clothing with their favourite sports team’s logo.

Residents and staff members also watched sporting events on TV, and there was sports-themed trivia for everyone to enjoy as well.

The Cobourg long-term care home has once again organized Spirit Days, which are themed programs aimed at ramping up fun and laughter during the colder months.

Streamway Villa hosted Spirit Days last year at this time, but the COVID-19 pandemic began shortly after and the program had to be put on hold.

“Lately it has been pretty gloomy with the winter, cold days, and the pandemic so we chose to try and lift everyone’s spirits,” Laurie says.

“The Spirit Days are meant to just cheer everyone up since we still aren’t able to do much recreation programming besides one-to-ones or very small group activities.”

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