The Hockey Helpers program was recently noted on ESPN 980, Washington, D.C. Hockey Helpers is a national organization founded in 2007 by Hobart hockey player Ryan Adler ’09. Hobart Hockey Helpers works in association with the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) to bring attention and support to the veterans wounded during the wars. The effort has reached DeMatha and Gonzaga high schools in the D.C. area.
Adler earned his B.A. in economics from Hobart College and minored in environmental studies. He was a member of the Orange Key society, the Druids, and was a recipient of the President’s Civic Leadership Award.
The story from ESPN 980 follows.
ESPN 980 Washington, D.C.
DeMatha, Gonzaga high school hockey players raising money for wounded veterans
February 10, 2012
The Washington Post reported that hockey among local youth has grown significantly in recent years, particularly with the presence of Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin.
That growth has included high school hockey, and today, two local high school teams — legendary local rivals — will face off on the ice in Laurel, Md., for a worthy cause.
Hockey teams from DeMatha and Gonzaga high schools will meet in a contest today at 5:40 p.m. at the Laurel Ice Gardens in a game to raise money and awareness to benefit “The Wounded Warrior Project” and to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation.
The cost of admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and
Both teams have already raised money through sponsorships and program advertisements — $18,000 to date — and will be wearing sponsor names on specially designed camouflage jerseys.
Many players will be wearing the names of fallen soldiers and/or the names of the members of the USA Warrior Hockey Team.
Corey Hirsch, a DeMatha junior and member of the DeMatha Ice Hockey Team, started the partnership with Hockey Helpers, a national organization for collegiate hockey players founded by Hobart College alum Ryan Adler.
Hockey Helpers at Hobart College collaborated with Wounded Warrior Project to bring attention and support to the veterans wounded during war.
“This is a great way to have the High School Ice Hockey community to drum up awareness and support for our country’s heroes,” Hirsch
Corey Hirsch’s father, U.S. Navy Captain Jeffrey Hirsch, is a Persian Gulf and Iraq War veteran. Both DeMatha and Gonzaga have many alumni that went on to join the US Armed Forces and served our nation and many will have their names displayed on the players camouflage jerseys during the game.
For more information on these organizations, you can go to the following web sites: