May 4, 2023
EMO, ON - Fort Frances Lakers defenseman Darnell Kempf visited Donald Young School in Emo on May 4 as part of a new initiative by the Lakers to promote literacy and community engagement.
Kempf spent time reading, signing autographs, and of course – talking hockey with local students.
“We got to learn new stuff about the Lakers, we had our hats and baseballs signed, and we liked Darnell reading to us,” a grade 5 student responded when asked about having the Laker at school for the day.
The program was developed by Lakers head coach Tyler Miller, a teacher at Seven Generations Education Institute.  The focus is on encouraging students across the district to embrace reading and develop strong literacy skills.
“Lakers players have a unique opportunity as role models in our community to give back, especially with our youth,” said Miller.
“The goal of our new coaching staff is to provide as many Lakers players as possible with the opportunity to play hockey at the university or college level should they choose. Literacy skills play a major role in a successful post-secondary hockey career, and developing those skills starts in elementary school.”
Miller looks to grow the program in the fall to include activities that engage youth in physical activity while promoting reading.  This spring, the Lakers spent time at Pegamigaabo School in Big Grassy River First Nation, and Mikinaak Onigaming School.
For questions about the program, or to have the Lakers visit your school, please contact Tyler Miller at
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Tara Allaire
Media Relations Coordinator
Fort Frances Lakers

Photo Credit: Fort Frances Times