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Huntsville Otters take the lead to promote tobacco-free sports

Jan 27, 2011
The Huntsville Otters and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit are teaming up to promote a winning game plan that helps athletes play to the best of their abilities by playing tobacco free.

The Huntsville Otters and the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit are teaming up to promote a winning game plan that helps athletes play to the best of their abilities by playing tobacco free.

“Any player who is really committed to winning knows that smoking or using dip will kill their chances,” says Tyler McGee, the Otters’ six-foot power forward. “Tobacco and sports just don’t mix.” 

McGee along with goalie Thomas Shelly is speaking out on behalf of the team to encourage younger players to make smart healthy choices that include staying tobacco free.

“We all know teams whose players use spit,” says Shelly. “But it catches up to them pretty quickly. You can see it in their performance on the ice. You know you won’t hear about these guys going anywhere in hockey.”

The team is hosting a Tobacco–Free Sports Night at their home game on Friday, Feb. 4 and is inviting the community to come out, pick up their free thunder sticks at the door and make some noise for tobacco-free sports and an Otter win against the Orangeville Flyers. There will also be lots of giveaways during the game and a display where parents, coaches and the community can learn how they can get their sport or recreational group involved. 

The Otters join a growing number of tobacco-free sports teams at every level of competition including OHL teams like the Barrie Colts and Peterborough Petes who are working to keep tobacco out of sports. Tobacco-free sports teams require players to stay away from all types of tobacco industry products while involved in any organization sanctioned event or game.

“We expect our players to bring their best game to the rink every time and to be positive role models for youth in the community,” said Dylan Seca, coach of the Otters. “That means not only making healthy choices for themselves but also encouraging their fans, especially younger kids to play, live, and be tobacco free.”

More information about Tobacco-free Sports and Recreation is available on the health unit website at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org or the Huntsville Otters website or you can call Your Health Connection weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      

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