There’s an active bunch of seven- and eight-year-olds hitting the rink this season in Stayner, and from the sidelines, Noble Insurance is proudly rooting for them.

LacrosseAs team sponsor of the Stayner Hitmen “Tyke” lacrosse team, which has players coming from Stayner and surrounding areas like Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, Nottawa and Creemore, Noble Insurance supports the team at the top level of sponsorship: provincial. This gave the team the funds it needed to enter the provincial tournament held in Whitby this past August. The Tyke team played in three tournaments in total over the summer, winning consolation at the Alliston tournament.

Patrica Foster, who works at Noble Insurance’s Collingwood office, has two boys in the lacrosse program, ages 8 (at the Tyke level) and 5 (at the Little Shooters level).

“Wayne Noble and his family grew up in this area, and he is always willing to help out the community.”

She commends the coaches for the hours they put into training and motivating the players, both on and off the floor.“This was Grant Balbirnie’s first year as a head coach,” said Patricia. And along with assistant coach Dave Beckett and trainer Mike Foster, “he did a wonderful job with the kids.”

Supporting youth sports is a worthy cause to Noble Insurance, Patricia believes, because without the support of local business, there would be children who could not afford to participate. “Wayne Noble and his family grew up in this area, and he is always willing to help out the community.”

She also noted that pursuing active lifestyles is something that Noble employees themselves do whenever possible. “We live in a region that can offer such a different range of activities. The staff are always joining and participating in active living.”

The lacrosse season runs from early April to mid August. “The game is played in the local Stayner arena, which on a hot day can feel like a sauna. [Noble Insurance General Manager] Laura Watson came to her first Tyke game this year, and even though it was over 30 degrees inside, she was still standing on her feet cheering on our boys. That support is like no other from what I consider a great employer!”