Former Silvertips player receives award named in his honour
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:33 am
Heading into the season opening game for the Rocky View Silvertips Junior ‘B’ lacrosse team on April 25 at the Plainsman Arena, former Silvertips player Taggart Jacob had a hunch he was going to be honoured prior to the contest.
However, the 22 year old from Airdrie didn’t expect the team was going to name an award after him, as he became the inaugural recipient of the team’s Taggart Jacob Leadership Award.
“I had no idea that was going to happen at all,” Jacob said. “It’s quite the honour and it was really touching to hear the words from the team itself about the impact that I made on them.”
Silvertips General Manager Greg Kantor said that the team named the award after Jacob because of his work behind the scenes with the Silvertips, who he played for during five seasons before graduating from the program last summer.
“When I came to the team a couple of years ago in my current role, whenever I asked about who was doing something off of the court, it turned out to be Taggart who was in charge of it,” Kantor said.
“To his credit, he took on the challenges, whether it was organizing the schedules, helping to organize the team’s fundraising events, or even joining in on recruiting players,” he added. “If it wasn’t for him, the kids that are playing for the team now may not have a chance to do so.”
When asked why he decided to help out with so many things, Jacob said it all comes down to having a love for the sport.
“I never played hockey, so this was the one sport that I had a lot of passion for, and I just wanted to make sure that things kept going,” Jacob said. “For a couple of years we didn’t have much for a management staff and we were scrounging for players, and luckily we were able to do it.”
“There were times where I was trying to balance that with my every day life, and I was starting to question whether everything would pull through,” he added.
“However, I don’t have any regrets about doing everything that I did, and I’m glad that I was able to do it.”
In addition to his work with the Silvertips, Jacob has also been involved with a number of community events in Airdrie, as he has been a junior counselor with the Boys and Girls Club and served on City of Airdrie’s youth council.
“I started off doing work with the Boys and Girls Club when I was starting high school,” the 2009 graduate of St. Martin de Porres said. “After that, everything just started to snowball from there when it came to volunteering, and I have a hard time saying no, which isn’t a bad thing.”
“Seeing what Taggart does for others away from the court was another reason why we wanted to give him this award,” Kantor said.
“What he’s done so far is pretty amazing, and he’s just starting his life’s journey.”
While his main focus at the moment is the electrical apprenticeship that he is taking at SAIT, Jacob is still keeping active on the lacrosse court, as he will be suiting up for the Rocky View Knights Senior ‘B’ team this season.
“I just want to keep playing the sport for as long as I can,” Jacob said. “I love being able to play here at the Plainsman Arena, and I feel really lucky that I can still take part in the sport I love the most.”