Marauders scoring points off the field

As part of McMaster Athletes Care mentorship initiative, Marauder football players visit local schools telling their stories of the road to the Vanier Cup, in hopes of empowering, and encouraging children to recognize their potential for success.

Fourth-year defensive end Scott Caterine volunteers as a mentor at Adelaide Hoodless School, which was visited on Wednesday. When asked how he felt during the Vanier Cup final Caterine responded, “Scared, but it’s ok to get a bit scared, because I had my friends there playing with me.”

Caterine also spoke about the importance of school, and working hard to achieve goals in and out of the classroom.

First-year linebacker Aram Eisho also shared the story of his struggle in which his family fled war torn Iraq, and his father’s passing away before he saw his son begin university. Eisho said the best thing he could tell the kids was, “work hard for everything you want, give it everything you’ve got. If you have a goal or a dream go for it, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it.”

After hearing the McMaster student athletes talk about their journeys to becoming the No. 1 football team in the nation, the students appeared inspired and motivated. Adelaide Hoodless student Shawn Anderson said he felt “encouraged to never give up, and to follow your dreams.” Shawn, one-day, plans on becoming a professional football player.

McMaster Athletes Care is determined to initiate the aspiration, and ambition for long-term success through sport, and scholastics within elementary, and high school students in the Hamilton area.

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