The University of Waterloo Women’s Hockey Team partnered with the Waterloo Public Library during “Stories N’Skate for Family Literacy Day” to provide an afternoon of fun for the whole family. The Lady Warriors were able to interact with the children one-on-one through crafts, activities and stories before everyone headed onto the ice for the free skate. The purpose of this event was to help the community join together in nurturing future generations through literacy and activities. The Stories N’Skate encourages children to enjoy reading and to stay active throughout their lives, while also giving the Warrior athletes an opportunity to give back to their community that has supported them through their athletic careers.
One of the members of the Women’s Hockey Team, Maryn Caragata, commented that "events like these provide us with a chance to help families in our community. It was opportunities like this event that helped me get where I am today. I want to be able to provide those same opportunities for someone else.” The Stories'N'Skate event had a great impact on local families. The presence of the Warriors showed children that you can accomplish your dreams when you pursue what you are passionate about.
Seeing how much these kids enjoy reading and skating reminded me why I play hockey. Sometimes you get so caught up playing your sport that it takes an event like this to remind you why you started in the first place.
The Waterloo Warriors Women's team also takes part in a Waterloo Ravens mentorship program that helps young girls in the hockey organization to improve their skills. “We try to be positive role models for all the kids that we see, in and out of the rink,” stated Siobhan Hewitt-Kenda, a forward for the Waterloo team. The Waterloo Wariors want to help create a supportive community where kids can learn to work hard and strive to be their best, not just in sport but also in school and in life. The team was able to do just that as nearly 150 people attended the Stories N’Skate event at Albert McCormick Rink on Family Literacy Day. The team hopes to continue providing many opportunities to support the Kitchener Waterloo community.