Hobart Hockey Helpers kick off multiple service projects this fall
This year, Statesmen hockey players will be giving their all on the ice and in the community. The team has formed a volunteer group called the Hobart Hockey Helpers (HHH). The Helpers will be involved in charity events to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project, a non-profit organization that provides comfort and support to returned and severely injured soldiers from Iraq, Afghanistan and other areas of the world.
“One hundred percent of the money that we raise will go to the Wounded Warrior Project. Our fundraising will come largely through donations from those attending our events and also those supporting them,” says HHH Founder Ryan Adler '09.
“The organization is a perfect match for our team. All of us have a connection to the war, whether it's a brother, sister, cousin or friend fighting in the Middle East,” says Adler. “All of our players are excited about getting started.”
This year's charity events will include participation in the 9/11 Remembrance Walk in Canandaigua, collecting proceeds from a home game, working with the Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom program to aid returned soldiers living in the area, and more.
“Everyone involved is looking forward to these great events. The players are contributing their ideas, their time and their energy to such a worthy cause. It's really a win-win situation for everyone involved,” explains Adler.
Other support for the group is coming from Head Coach Mark Taylor, Hobart Athletics Director Mike Hanna '68, as well as alums, former hockey players, and others.
If you would like to find out more or donate, the group has developed a Web site that can be found at www.hockeyhelpers.org. Or if you would like to join the team of supporters, please contact Ryan.Adler@hws.edu.