It might be the only time this year you’ll see an NHL jersey.
But a lockout won’t stop staff at Black Press from donning their favourite jerseys in support of youth sports programs on Friday.
Taking a cue from the successful Jeans Day campaigns, Black Press staff, which includes employees at The Morning Star, will donate $2 for the privilege of wearing a jersey from their favourite sports team.
Money collected will be donated to KidSport, a community-based sport-funding program that provides grants for children ages 18 and under to participate in a sport season of their choice.
“This is a great way for people to show all the different kinds of sports that not only people can participate in, but love, and at the same time, support a great cause, KidSport,” said Doug Ross, a Greater Vernon KidSport committee member who would wear his autographed Saku Koivu Montreal Canadiens jersey on Friday if he could.
But as that jersey is in a display cabinet, Ross will instead don an NHLPA jersey, autographed by Vernon’s Brent Gilchrist, from the 1994 Silver Lining Hockey Game held at the Vernon Civic Arean during an NHL work stoppage.
Morning Star publisher Ian Jensen has tried – in vain – to encourage all of his staff to wear the jersey of his beloved Calgary Flames.
“Sports has a way of bringing people together, and this is a great way to share a love of sports and help out a great cause,” said Jensen.
The Morning Star and Greater Vernon KidSport invites the community to take part, donning jerseys from hockey, football, baseball and more.
People and businesses participating can also share photos of their jersey day on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/vernonmorningstar.
Money for Greater Vernon KidSport will be collected at The Morning Star, Vernon City Hall, Wesbild Centre and Vernon Recreation Centre.
“If anybody else wants to take part, we’ll happily send somebody over to collect buckets of toonies,” said Ann Holmes of Greater Vernon KidSport.
Collection pick-up can be co-ordinated by calling Holmes at 250-308-1558, or Shayne Wright (who will be wearing his KidSport jersey at the rec centre) at 250-550-3671.
More information on Greater Vernon KidSport can be found at www.greatervernonkidsport.ca.