Thursday March 14, 2013
The South Burlington and CVU Hockey rivalry took on a new twist at Cairns Arena on February 23rd as teams of teachers, staff members, and a few “celebrity guests” faced off in the inaugural Faculty Face-Off Challenge to support the SB Veterans Memorial Project.
Each school’s team set a fundraising goal of $1500 and thanks to generous support from lead sponsors Maplefields and Cairns Arena, the event far exceeded its goals. A pre-game face-off ceremony featured honored guest and South Burlington resident Mindy Evnin, mother of SBHS graduate Cpl. Mark Evnin, USMC, who was killed in action on April 3, 2003.
The benefit game took place as part of a triple header featuring the Varsity boys and girls teams from CVU and SBHS. The faculty game was a spirited affair won by the “Vintage Rebels” by a (hotly debated) 6-4 margin. Students from both schools turned out to cheer on their teachers with SBHS’s Eric “E-Rock” Stone enjoying some special attention as his AP Physics students chanted his name repeatedly. Chamberlin Elementary school staff member Adam Bagdon’s students were all smiles as they waived their homemade signs supporting their favorite Rebel player “Mr. B.”
Former Norwich University player and current CVU faculty member Peter Langella was the player-coach for the CVU “Old Hawks” while SBHS Principal Patrick Burke directed the “Vintage Rebels.”
Other local businesses supporting the event included Play-it-Again Sports, Parisi Speed School, Sports and Fitness Edge, Seaway Carwash, and Vermont Teddy Bear. A great time was had by all and both schools look forward to continuing the tradition next year.
For more information on the Veterans Memorial Project visit www.sbremembers.org
SOURCE: Patrick Burke, SBHS Principal