News | 12/18/2009 7:20:18 PM |

Buffalo Bandits veteran Mike Accursi will carry the Olympic Torch this weekend as the 2010 Winter Games' relay comes to St. Catharines, Ontario.

The progression will begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 20 as Accursi carries the torch from Lake Street to James Street in downtown St. Catharines. CLICK HERE FOR A DETAILED LIST OF EVENTS.

The City will host a mid-day community celebration to commence the event until 4 p.m. with ice carvings, a 38-foot ice slide, wine bar and entertainment.

Accursi was chosen by the St. Catharines Community Task Force to carry the torch as a local teacher, athlete, coach and mentor.

In addition to playing for the National Lacrosse League, Accursi is a Senior Success teacher at Holy Cross Secondary School, working with students who have difficulty achieving success in a traditional classroom setting. He is also the head coach of the boys lacrosse team, the assistant coach of the girls hockey team, co-chair of the Holy Cross Eco Action Team, assistant coach of the Jr. "A" Athletics lacrosse team and Coordinator of the Lacrosse program for Olympia Sports Camp.

"I am thrilled to have this opportunity," said Accursi. "I've always believed in the goals of the Olympics and to be chosen, not only to carry the torch but to also represent my community in this unique way, is an honor."

"Certainly selecting one person from St. Catharines was difficult given the number of community-minded individuals who call the Garden City home," says Kimberly Hundertmark, chair of the Community Task Force. "We really wanted someone who not only embodies the Olympic spirit and follows their dreams, but also someone who inspires others to follow theirs. The committee agreed Mike more than met these criteria."

The celebration will take place in the area of King and James streets and will feature healdiners The Arkells, of Hamilton, as well as local entertainers the Shea D Duo accompanied by the Immaculate-Conception School Children’s Choir.

In recognition of St. Catharines 40-year twinning relationship with Port of Spain, Trinidad, PK Hummingbird Steel Band will play calypso music as well as holiday favourites. In honour of St. Catharines and Canada’s aboriginal roots, the event will also feature drumming by Blue Stone Cloud and performances by the White Pine Dancers and Ojibway storyteller Aaron Bell.

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