Soldier On is a Canadian Armed Forces program that is dedicated to supporting veterans and serving members to adapt and overcome their physical or mental health injuries through physical activity and sport.
Ottawa Senators defenceman Mark Borowiecki does a lot of work with Soldier On, especially with the Sens are playing at the Canadian Tire Centre. For every Senators home game, the 28-year-old Ottawa native provides a Soldier On member with tickets to the game, as well as a tour of the team’s locker room following the game.
One of the families that Borowiecki has met through the initiative is Isaac President and his wife Laura-Lee. Isaac was diagnosed with Complex PTSD a few years after a tour in Afghanistan back in 2006 and then suffered a pretty bad back injury shortly after. While he was feeling down about everything that was going on, Borowiecki helped him get through the tough times and gave him new hope.
As a way to show his appreciation for everything he did, Isaac gave the Senators defenceman one of his patches from a tour overseas and it’s become a key piece of Borowiecki’s everyday life.
Borowiecki got another opportunity to thank Isaac for everything he’s done and got a chance to show him what the patch means to him and how he honours him every single night the Sens take the ice.
Ottawa hosted its annual Senators Canadian Armed Forced Night on Thursday when they hosted the Detroit Red Wings and took the ice in special edition camo jerseys.
While all proceeds from the auction went towards Support Our Troops, the team also donated $25,000 donation to the charity before the game.