Sometimes technology is a beautiful thing. Through the WBCB Sports Network, technology connected a father and son despite being more than 6,000 miles apart.
Andrew Serafin, a Holy Ghost Prep junior, played hockey for the first time this season knowing his farther Chris Serafin, a Commander in the US Navy, who’s currently serving in the Middle East, would be watching.
Holy Ghost Prep were defeated by La Salle 5-2, but for Andrew the game was more meaningful than the outcome.
“It was really special considering he hasn’t seen me play this season,” Andrew said. “It was such an exciting moment when I found out he would be watching.”
Although not physically present at Andrew’s most recent contest, his father didn’t miss a minute of the action.
“Even though the outcome of the game was not what I hoped for it was a good spirited game and I had the opportunity to see my son play,” Commander Chris Serafin stated. “This was the first time this year since I have been gone I got to see him play.”
Even though his father was uprooted to the Middle East ten months ago, things returned to normal for a night for Andrew.
“When I was younger he would always take me to early morning practices,” Andrew explained. “He would come to all my games.”
Now in high school, Andrew channels his father’s selflessness each time he laces up his skates.
“My dad is a leader,” Andrew stated. “He’s always the one I know I can go to.”
Andrew Serafin is neither a captain nor assistant captain of the Firebirds hockey team, but his teammates still view him as a commanding influence.
“I use my dad’s mentality to try and be a leader throughout my locker room… I feel my teammates listen to me as a leader.”
Commander Serafin isn’t expected to return home until sometime this summer, and thus will physically miss Andrew’s entire junior season. However, thanks to livestream technology, and Holy Ghost Prep, Commander Sarafin was still able to see his son play this season.
“It meant a lot to me that Holy Ghost did this in support of my family which shows that they support our Armed Forces and appreciate the sacrifices of the men and women serving.”