For the third consecutive year, the Utica Comets hosted their coloring contest for area elementary schools. The contest ran from October 11 through November 10, with a grand prize worth $10,000 in educational prizes including iPads and street hockey gear.
Thirty-seven schools participated in the coloring contest ranging from kindergarten through fifth grade to show their outstanding artistic ability through a Comets picture in their own unique way. Winners will be selected by Comets staff and announced in late January. In addition to great prizes, the top winners will also be invited to ride the Hot Rod Zamboni during the second intermission of an upcoming game. Artwork will be on display behind Section 205 after the judging has concluded.
“The coloring contest is a great way to engage with our younger fans,” said Chelsa Adams, community relations manager. “Coloring can provide young children with many important skills, such as fine motor development, focus, stress relief and self-expression.”
During this year’s contest, several Utica Comets players made surprise appearances at a select few participating schools to help encourage young artists and answer questions.
Griffin Molino and Zack McEwan visited John F. Hughes Elementary and Albany Elementary on November 2. “It was a great day spent with the kids,” Molino stated.
On November 9, Alexis D’Aoust and Cam Darcy stopped at Robert L. Bradley Elementary School. “The kids were so surprised and excited to see us. Their smiles said it all!” D’Aoust said.
The coloring contest is sponsored by The Save of Day Foundation, which began its focus on education with the vision that nothing is more vital to a child’s success that the fundamentals learned in the classroom as part of its grant initiatives. Save of the Day supports organizations that focus on formal K-12 education programs that innovate and motivate children to stay in school, do well academically and encourage higher education. Understanding the importance of a safe learning environment, the foundation hopes to help create a range of environments for youth to develop their own special talents.