Patrick Vaydo, Rob Hayes and Brad Maw presented Grade 8 player Leatham Bright with a new Brookswood Grade 8 boys rugby jersey.

Patrick Vaydo, Rob Hayes and Brad Maw presented Grade 8 player Leatham Bright with a new Brookswood Grade 8 boys rugby jersey.

Alumni step up to help Brookswood Bobcats rugby team

Former players eager to give back to program which left lasting impression on them

Some former Brookswood students have not forgotten their roots, stepping up to help their alma matter purchase some much-needed rugby jerseys.

Alumni from as far as northern Saskatchewan and Alberta came to Langley’s Andreas Restaurant on March 11 to give back to a program which left a lasting impression on them.

They were joined at the dinner by current members of the Bobcats Grade 8 boys team.

For their donation, the alumni picked their jersey numbers and had their names embroidered on the jerseys. That act held extra special meaning for the Vaydo family, who was able to honour their son Andrew, who passed away in 2011.

“As a family, we are glad that we are able to help out Brookswood rugby and keep our son’s memory alive at the same time,” said Randy Vaydo, Andrew’s father.

Giving back to the program was a common theme for many grads.

“Alumni were happy and ecstatic to give back to a program that meant so much to them,” said Dino Camparo, a teacher and rugby co-ordinator at Brookswood.

“It was wonderful to touch base with the alumni and see what they are doing today.

“Each player has their cherished memories of tours, fundraising events, practices, games — both the ones they won and lost — and the glory days of high school.”

“The alumni hope the new generation of players can experience what they did from the game,” he said.

“The game is more than just scoring tries and tackling, it’s about teamwork, building community and being the best person you can be,” added Brad Maw, a Brookswood alum.

The current players were extremely appreciative of their new jerseys.

“It’s an honour to have past players step forward and give back to their school,” said Spencer Mitchell.

“We are looking forward to wearing these jerseys and paying tribute to former Brookswood grads and coaches.”

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There are still eight jerseys which require sponsorship.

Anyone interested, can contact Camparmo at 604-530-2141 or dcamparmo@sd35.bc.ca.