A lot of Impact in St. Lazare
PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS
Dominic Oduro of the Montreal Impact Soccer Team greeting his fans in Saint-Lazare June 5.
Hundreds of cheering fans of all ages were treated to a visit by the Montreal Impact Tuesday evening, June 5 at Westwood Junior High School in St. Lazare. The event, part of the Impact’s “Celebration Soccer” tour, was organized by the St. Lazare-Hudson Soccer Club (SLHSC) and Lac St. Louis Soccer in conjunction with the town of St. Lazare to bring the excitement of Major League Soccer (MLS) home to the young players of the region.
Such stars as Marco Donadel, Ignacio Piatti, Dominic Oduro, and Evan Bush took to the stage to greet the eager masses along with several other members of the side. Following a welcome and introduction by organizers, they indulged the SLHSC players with a series of fun and exciting mini matches where the local kids and teens got to actually play with and against their idols. At times the pros seemed to be having so much fun they even took to comedic antics tripping each other and rolling on the turf, and luckily for the kids there wasn’t a yellow card in sight.
Portable power generation, provided by Continuum Integration, was in high demand to keep up dozens of inflatable side attractions, including target shooting, a giant Velcro soccer roulette wheel, and even a full-sized and hilarious ‘human foosball’ arena. But in the end, the event was all about giving the kids a chance to get up close to their heroes on the field.
“This isn’t about us,” said St. Lazare Mayor Robert Grimaudo in his opening remarks, “It’s all about the kids. It’s about meeting their heroes, about building their inspiration and their dreams.” Judging by the looks on the faces in the crowd, that mission was handily accomplished.
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