The Hometown Sports Heroes Education Program was initiated in 2011 by The Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame as The Pathfinders Project. It is an evolving partnership between The Hall of Fame, The Hamilton Spectator Newspaper In Education Program, and the Hamilton Wentworth Catholic and Public School Boards. Being accepted into over 140 classes within 85 schools in 2013 and 2014, we hope to expand the reach each year.
It is a uniquely collaborative effort to bring the stories of our Hall of Famers into the classroom in a fundamental way that not only is inspiring but meets the requirements of curriculum guidelines, crossing multiple disciplines.
The Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame Pathfinders Education Program was inspired by the stories of its inductees.
We hope to educate students from Hamilton about the rich history of sport by engaging them in rich, authentic learning experiences. Students will be given the opportunity to explore and connect with some of Hamilton’s great athletes and builders of sport in areas of literacy, history, geography, physical education, art, and 21st century learning.
In collaboration with the HWDSB and the HWCDSB a pilot “Pathfinder Project” was conducted this past spring at R.A. Riddell Elementary School and Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School where the students’ voices validated a keen interest in learning about our community sport legends. We believe this project will enrich the lives of all students as they explore the rich history of Hamilton Sports Hall of Fame Inductees.
Here is what some of the students of a pilot projected conducted in the spring of 2012 said:
“They started out like us, and they were children like us, amateurs, then they became much more than that.”
Christine Llanora, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School
“Knowing that anywhere you come from, you can do whatever you like if you work hard enough for it.”
Jordan Fuciarelli, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School
“It’s very inspiring to see the successful people to come out of Hamilton.”
Matthew Hogan, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School
“Their dedication proves that I can put more dedication into my sport and show that I could be something from Hamilton.”
Nick Reid, R. A. Riddell Elementary School
“It’s really inspiring how they just came from Hamilton, because it’s not like a big, big city. So we have a chance of becoming something big too.”
Jennifer Maki, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School
“It pushes me to work harder at what I’m doing, to maybe become like them.”
Jenna Richarz, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Elementary School
“I learned today to never give up, to work hard because if you work hard enough at it you will get somewhere with it just like them.”
Sebastian Krawchenko, R. A. Riddell Elementary School
Join us as we work to educate and inspire the youth of today to continue to build Hamilton’s tradition of sport and community leadership.