By Rachel Kenyon
High School hockey players from the Warriors Hockey Club recently partnered with Cal’s Angels of Elgin, IL to deliver Christmas to families with a child fighting cancer.
The Warriors Hockey Club, a combined high school program with players from Waubonsie Valley, Metea Valley, Oswego and Oswego East High Schools, adopted three families from Cal’s Angels Twelve Days of Christmas Program which serves families that have a child fighting cancer with special circumstances. This year, the program provided Christmas to 51 local area families by giving gifts to the child with cancer and their siblings. It also provided the family with a holiday dinner, a gingerbread house and additional baked goods.
On the Saturday before Christmas, 21 hockey players representing each of the Warriors three teams, Varsity, Junior Varsity and Junior Varsity Gold, gathered to wrap presents for the adopted families. With presents wrapped, the families, living in Aurora, Bolingbrook, and Worth, were contacted and delivery times were set. Small groups of players then delivered gifts to the families ahead of the Christmas holiday.
“We’re happy to help support Cal’s Angels,” said Warriors Hockey Club President Mike Svac. “As a hockey club, we feel strongly about not only providing a great hockey experience to our players, but also creating opportunities for them to give back to the community – in turn helping our players build character, leadership and teamwork skills.”
In addition to their support of Cal’s Angels, Warriors hockey players also supported two other community holiday events this season. Players from the Warriors junior varsity and varsity teams participated in the Plainfield High School Hockey Association’s Toys for Tots Jamboree by bringing and presenting unwrapped toys to Marines between the games played against Plainfield on December 15 at Canlan Ice Arena in Romeoville, IL.
Players also lent a helping hand to the Naperville Noon Lions Club this past Thanksgiving. Nineteen players from each of the club’s three teams spent the Wednesday before Thanksgiving setting up tables, chairs, signage, and event stations at Naperville Central High School’s Field House for the annual Naperville 5K Turkey Trot.
Each of the holiday programs were part of the newly established Warriors Assist, a program within the Warrior Hockey Club that provides “assists” to our players’ communities, other hockey families and organizations in needs. The program is built on the idea that it takes more than one player to score a goal. Often times it’s the move before the shot that makes all the difference – a perfect pass, deflection or other movement. In hockey these are called “assists” and they’re just as important as the goal. Warriors Assist lets Warriors hockey players give an “assist” off the ice too. This holiday season, Warriors hockey players collectively logged more than 100 community service hours in their “assists” to Cal’s Angels, Toys for Tots and Naperville Noon Lions.
For more information about how the Warriors can help your organization, visit the community relations page at www.waubonsiehockey.com.