Vimy Summer Lacrosse Trip Day 6 and 7

Posted: July 17, 2013 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, Field Lacrosse, Vimy Lacrosse
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1014429_10151480439647687_83163898_nDay 6 started early, but not as early as the previous day on our tour to New York City.  We were all out of the hotel by 9:30 for the short 15 minute drive to Princeton University.  The day was stifling hot, but everybody was excited to see the campus.  We arrived at the Princeton Store where we met up with our tour guide, Mimi, of the Princeton Tour Company.  It was clear that Mimi was going to bring some serious energy to the group and as soon as we took off on the tour she captured the attention of all the kids.  We were given a great history of the university and even found out that our own Hunter Witherspoon is a descendant of one of the founders of Princeton, John Witherspoon.  Imagine that.

Our tour took us through a few of the original buildings, the chapel and then down to the football stadium and lacrosse stadium, where we took the necessary photos.  Mimi provided us with some incredible stories and even through the heat was able to keep us going for a full two hours.  I think the tour was eye opening for our kids as they saw what a beautiful and prestigious university Princeton is.  I hope it also inspired them to focus on their academics and work towards going to a post secondary institution.   If anything, if we can get them inspired to study and pursue such opportunities then the tour was well worth the time.  Please check out the video Mimi put together as we gathered at the lacrosse stadium.  Click here to see it.  

When we concluded the tour at the Princeton store the kids went crazy getting Princeton gear.  Why not?  It’s all part of the experience.  I had to pass on it  as being a Dartmouth alum it would not sit well for me to put on any Princeton apparel.  Before we left campus we had to do the Hoagie Haven lunch as all 31 players walked the few blocks down Nassau to order food and enjoy their meal on the sidewalk as so many other have done in the past.  It’s a ritual and one that I was glad the kids were able to do.

In the afternoon both teams traveled to Peddie School to play a couple of scrimmages with two Tri State teams.  Both teams did exceptionally well in the scrimmages winning the unofficial games, but more importantly starting to learn the game.  We played on the beautiful turf field on the Peddie campus and the kids truly were excited about the opportunity to play on such a nice field.  They played hard and I could sense that both teams were beginning to understand the game better and execute more effectively on the field.  It was a great two scrimmages.  I have to thank Tri State for putting together the scrimmages for us.

Day 7, today, is nearing an end.  The parents and kids had a free day so all of them took off in separate directions.  Many went to 6 Flags Amusement Park and  others to New York City.  Everyone has gathered back at the hotel and we now look forward to going to our next destination in Connecticut as we prepare for our next tournament.


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