(L-r) Jim Choppen, Account Executive for the Blazers, and Drake Smith, owner of Drake Cremation and Funeral Services in Barriere, Clearwater and Kamloops, are shown holding one of the pucks they will be giving to youth aged six to 16 years who demonstrate excellence, leadership and loyalty, and have been nominated for the Blazers YELL Award. The award has the Blazers logo on one side, and the YELL award insignia on the other. “I would really like to see some youth from the North Thompson recognized at Blazers games,” said Smith. Photo submitted.

Kamloops Blazers and Drake Cremation & Funeral Services partner on award to encourage youth – the YELL award

The YELL Award, created and sponsored by Drake Cremation and Funeral Services, is a new program supporting youth who demonstrate ‘Excellence, Leadership and Loyalty’.

Award winners, aged six to16, will be recognized throughout the 2018-19 season.

Recipients will receive two tickets to a Blazers home game and will be featured on the giant video screen at centre ice.

Winners will also receive discounts on extra tickets, recognition on Social Media on game day, a digital photo taken at the game and an autographed commemorative puck in a display case.

Family, friends and group leaders can nominate a youth by visiting the Blazers website, http://blazerhockey.com/yell-award, or by visiting the Blazers Store, box office or administration office.

“The Blazers completely supported the idea of the YELL award when I presented it to them a few months ago,” said Drake Smith, President of Drake Cremation and Funeral Services in Kamloops. “We see it as a way to encourage the best in our youth and hope that it might inspire other children to excel, to show leadership and to demonstrate loyalty.”

Examples of Excellence may include improving one’s school grades, starting a snow shoveling business to help neighbourhood seniors, or getting a hole-in-one.

Examples of Leadership might include organizing a block clean-up crew, starting an after-school reading program for younger children in your school, or leading your sports team to victory.

Examples of Loyalty might include faithfully visiting grandparents at home or in a care facility or cheering on your sister from the soccer sidelines through rain and snow all season long.

“The Blazers are excited about this program,” said Jim Choppen, Account Executive for the Blazers. “So many kids in our area do great things that often go unnoticed. We’re looking forward to shining a light on behavior that we all value.”

For more information on the YELL award, go to the ‘FANS’ menu on the Blazers website.

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