Junior Sting Face Off Against Mental Health

The Lambton Junior Sting will be auctioning off their green third jersey with proceeds going to local mental health initiatives.

The Lambton Junior Sting Minor Midgets helped kick off the Face Off For Mental Health Campaign Sunday afternoon.

The team had a special cheque presentation to St. Clair Child and Youth prior to their game against the London Junior Knights. During the game, the team wore green jerseys that will be auctioned off at a later date, with the proceeds going to St. Clair Child and Youth. Players also covered their sticks in green tape, symbolizing the green ribbon for mental health awareness.

Head Coach Alex McFadden says they wont know how much money they raised until after the jersey auction, but including money raised during the summer golf tournament he expects it to be around a couple thousand.

He says the players have really taken to the mental health campaign.

“They’ve been very opened to it, we’ve got some kids on our team who are very involved in the community with different mental health initiatives,” says McFadden. “It’s a good message to them, letting them know that it is ok, and it’s ok to speak up.”

St. Clair Child and Youth Services, Lead Agency for Children’s Mental Health in Lambton County is pleased to partner with local hockey associations to raise the profile of mental health issues for children and youth.

Other local partners include Point Edward Minor Hockey Association, Sarnia Hockey Association, Petrolia Minor Hockey Association, Lambton Attack Girls Hockey, Lambton Shores Minor Hockey Association and East Lambton Minor Hockey Association.

The Sarnia Legionnaires are hosting a Mental Health Awareness night Thursday when they host the LaSalle Vipers at Sarnia Arena.