ANDOVER, Mass. --
Wednesday, on his day off, Boston Bruins forward Tyler Seguin
|Seguin and the Sanborn Students |
Seguin’s renewed interest in the schoolyard activity came during his visit to Sanborn Elementary School in Andover, Mass. as part of the school’s Heart Health Activity in conjunction with the American Heart Associations’ Jump Rope for Heart program.
“I think it’s great any time we can give back to the community…you know whether it’s promotional stuff or just saying ‘hi’ to some kids, stopping in and you know making these guys’ day,” Seguin said.
Seguin picked up his own rope and showed off his jumping skills as he joined four students in the heart healthy activity.
American Heart Association Representative Mary Blake introduced Seguin, along with Blades, the Boston Bruins mascot, and two of the Bruins Ice Girls, to roaring cheers and big smiles from a gym full of students who sat cross-legged and star struck in front the B’s first round draft pick.
“It’s a pretty awesome feeling, you know just looking down and seeing a couple hundred kids here smiling when they look at you and you know yelling your name,” Seguin said.
Seguin spoke to the students who, just like Tyler in his B's home jersey, were all decked out in their own Black & Gold, about his own very healthy eating and exercising habits.
“Well I play a lot of hockey, but besides that I jump rope a lot. Even if I wasn’t very good today,” Seguin joked.
Sanborn Elementary School Principal Patricia Barrett and gym teacher Ben Gibson facilitated questions from the students who asked Seguin what it was like to be a professional athlete.
He told them it takes “a lot of hard work,” and they need to exercise and eat healthy.
But it’ll all pay off in the end because “it’s a lot of fun when you get there,” Seguin said.
Seguin, not far removed from his own school days, remembered what it was like to look up to NHL players much like the Sanborn students look up to him.
“I remember it like it was yesterday, you know being a little fan watching TV everyday, watching the NHL and now I’m here so it’s been a heck of a ride,” he said.---Hannah Becker