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Paralympic Sled Hockey Team visits Poplin before games

Poplin Elementary students wish good luck to members of the Men's United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team during a recent school visit.

Players from the Men’s United States Paralympic Sled Hockey Team visited recently with Poplin Elementary students during a very special presentation.

This visit happened days before the team leaves to compete in the Paralympic competition in Sochi, Russia beginning on March 7 - 14, 2014.

During the presentation, each player introduced himself and gave background information about how he became a member of the hockey team.

Each person had a powerful message about perseverance, going for your dreams, and believing in yourself.

“I learned that even though they have disabilities, they keep on playing,” said Blake Harold, a fifth grader in Kris Martino’s class.

The team invited students to visit the Extreme Ice Hockey Center in Indian Trail to watch scrimmages.

Poplin’s Physical Education teachers Melinda Jobe and Brian Booth, who arranged the visit for the school, said the visit was “motivational, inspiring, and uplifting.

Each and every player had his own unique story as to how he overcame obstacles to get to where he was now.

The teachers agreed that each and every student was impacted in a positive way that will stick with them for a long time.

The visit coincided with lessons being taught in physical education classes at the school, where students have been learning about and practicing the Olympic games.

The team’s first game will be Saturday, March 8, 2014 against Italy.

For more information visit the team’s website.

Written by: Beth Medlin, Poplin Media Coordinator
Posted: Mar 06, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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