We had the privilege of watching Union stomp Dartmouth 4-1. The goal horn plus dancing lights made it a complete experience while the kids we brought were able to watch their local Schenectady team win. It was loud and fun.
I was personally amazed at the number of questions the kids had - yet again it's not that surprising when not one of them had ever been to a hockey game. Before I knew it, I was explaining what a penalty was, how many periods a hockey game had, how to get a point, why the players change so much, and were we on TV. One twelve-year-old boy in particular asked probably 50 questions alone. I felt like a hockey Wikipedia and was honored to fill the role.
Did they have fun? For the most part. Try attending a game you know nothing about and getting really into it. Some of the younger ones had to leave early because they were falling asleep while some of the older ones turned it into a social event - all expected. Being in a public place where you need to follow unwritten social rule X, Y, and Z is usually challenging. I hope we did not bother the folks next to us too much, but at the end of the day we are who we are.
I'm thrilled that these kids got to attend something new - something unusual. Taking them outside of their comfort zone to see that the world isn't all poverty and stress. It's these simple moments that bring us joy.
Of course, to Union College, thank you for saying "yes" to a brand new experience for Quest's kids. It was truly a delight!