North Surrey Tigers junior boys Damon Brown, Hayden Gudbranson, Thomas Ong, AJ Baker, Justice Fee, Xzaiver Boszak, Uzair Faiyaz, Noah Jaggard, Rajan Sidhu volunteered at tent city on Thursday, Nov. 9th. (Submitted photo)

OUR VIEW: Surrey football team, don’t let vandals break your spirit

The lesson learned from weekend vandalism? Sometimes, people really suck.

Never let a good deed go unpunished?

Better, never let a bad deed break your spirit!

The North Surrey Tigers, a local football team comprised of young teenaged boys, recently spent a cold evening out on 135A Street in Whalley, providing food, hot drinks and clothes to many homeless people – 250 or so – encamped on that roughest of Surrey’s roads. Clearly, a good deed, done by boys ages 12 and 13.

Lessons embraced, presumably, were the importance of compassion, generosity and helping others.

Just over a week after giving to their community, the team’s 50-year-old plus clubhouse in Bear Creek Park was torched by vandals. The flames grew so tall, they burned a hole right through the roof.

The lesson learned? Sometimes, people really suck.

But boys, don’t lose heart, because if you do, you lose.

That’s the deleterious effect evil deeds sometimes have on good people. Sometimes, innocent victims get a little jaded, a little less generous, a little more guarded, a little less kind.

This nasty bit of vandalism and arson is a test, of sorts. Literally, a test by fire.

Realize, Tigers, that you are bright lights in a sometimes challenging world.

Keep shining your light, because this world needs it.

Hopefully, the vandals who torched your clubhouse will one day change their ways and become good, decent, caring people like you, at your young age, already are.



edit@surreynowleader.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

 

Surrey Fire investigates the blaze that destroyed the North Surrey Tigers clubhouse. (Submitted photo)

Just Posted

BC Housing withdraws application for Cloverdale supportive housing

Application withdrawn, open house cancelled following community opposition

Accident shuts down Highway 10 at 152 Street in Surrey

Road remains closed, assessment in progress: DriveBC

‘Respected’ teammate asked to lead Langley-based Vancouver Giants

Jared Dmytriw leadership on and off ice drove decision to put a ‘C’ on his jersey, coach said.

Replica totem pole to be raised at Peace Arch Park

‘Reconciliation ceremony’ will include SFN leaders, provincial politicians

Delta resident raises more than $100K for Easter Seals

Archie Campbell has rappelled down the side of a building six times to raise money for disabled kids

VIDEO: Tour de Valley riders visit Surrey elementary school

Students create signs to support riders

Horvat leads Canucks to 4-3 shootout victory over Kings

Vancouver dumps L.A. in NHL pre-season contest

Update: Search called off for missing plane between Edmonton and Chilliwack

Search efforts were concentrated along the Highway 5 corridor between Valemount and Kamloops

VIDEO: Woman files complaint over treatment of cat with two broken legs

Ariel Johnston of Abbotsford says her pet was sent home without pain medication

Why Whistler for ski jumping in 2026? Calgary proposal gets pushback

Calgary 2026 proposes re-using the 2010 ski jumping venue Whistler for that sport and nordic

VIDEO: Hundreds line highway as family brings home body of B.C. teen

Northern B.C. showed their support by lining Hwy 16 as Jessica Patrick’s body returned to Smithers.

Despite progress, threat of 232 tariffs dominates NAFTA negotiations

Any deal is seen to require congressional approval before Dec. 1 to survive new Mexican government

B.C. MP Todd Doherty receives award for saving man who collapsed on a plane

Conservative MP was flying from Vancouver to Prince George, B.C., in June last year

Alleged border jumper from Oregon facing 2 charges after police chase in B.C.

Colin Patrick Wilson charged with dangerous operation of motor vehicle, flight from a peace officer

Most Read