Lakers Post Statement, Tell Community To “Step Up”
“Now that the announcement has been posted by local news sources and the people have showed their delight.. step up and help out with keeping the Wallaceburg Lakers here! Volunteers help organizations like hockey teams get fans out to the games.. so once again the call is put out for bingo helpers (need to be trained in Chatham first), gathering sponsorships, filling game day tasks, and helping (not belittling the team) at the mini and main camps.. if this is something you want to do.. leave a message!!! This will tell if the Wallaceburg Lakers really belong in Wallaceburg. #communitysupport”
That was the statement released by the Wallaceburg Lakers on Facebook shortly after news broke regarding the team’s proposed move to Tilbury being denied by the OHA. The Lakers deleted the post minutes before 10pm on Friday.
After the initial post, local community members replied challenging the statement.
“To me I find this post very rude,” one person wrote. “You are pointing the finger at the community yet when the team was asked to support activities in our community like Remembrance Day or helping collect can goods door to door we could not get a response from the team, if you want the community to support you help support the community volunteer at things, BIA clean, Remembrance Day activities, WAMBO etc there are lots things a team could do to be an integral part of a community and then in return would receive the communities support no matter if you’re winning or losing.”
A back and forth ensued with multiple individuals, which culminated in the post being deleted approximately 3 hours after first being published.