PeeWee Major CSDHL Bridges the Border in Wisconsin

Stars Join Forces With Opponent to Support Community

By Glenview Stars 

When the Glenview Stars PeeWee Major CSDHL team was invited to play two end-of-season scrimmages against the MWC Wildcats in Milwaukee, the Stars proposed that the two teams “bridge the border” and work together to hold a joint food and clothing drive to support the local community. The community service project was organized under the guidelines of the the Chicago Blackhawks ServICE Crew program.

The Stars created a flyer about the donation day and players from both teams reached out into their communities, asking family members, neighbors and classmates for donations that they could bring into the Kern Center arena, the site of the games on the Milwaukee School of Engineering campus.

On game day, the Wildcats set up a collection station for the donated goods. The Stars and MWC Wildcats teams enjoyed lunch together then joined forces to move all the donated goods to waiting vehicles.

Working with the Friedens Community Ministries, Inc., a United Way affiliated organization that supports a community of more than 58,000 living in economically challenged conditions, the two clubs worked together to fill several large SUVs with donations.

At Friedens, staff gave a tour of their operations to the teams. During the visit, a local resident stopped the players to ask for some blankets. The request was quickly filled and it offered a clear example of how the two clubs, working together on a ServICE Crew project, were helping others in their community make ends meet and stay warm at night.

Overall, the Glenview Stars and MWC Wildcats had a great time, enjoying two exciting hockey games, making new friends, and gathering food and clothing to support Friedens in its mission to help the residents in need in the community.

NOTES: The Chicago Blackhawks ServICE Crew is designed to encourage youth ages 8-18 to take an active role in their community by volunteering and giving back. Participants of the program will be encouraged to spend their free time doing community service projects of their choosing. The program aims to build community-minded youth.

Each participant will register with a group and receive a volunteer log sheet to track how many hours they spend doing volunteer projects. Groups can be between 5 and 30 participants, and all must be registered by an adult representative (coach, parent, teacher, etc.). Projects are completely participant-driven and may include anything from cleaning up their neighborhood to making cards for patients at a local hospital.

An adult representative (coach, parent, teacher, etc.) will collect each student’s volunteer log and add up the total hours volunteered. Each month the representative will submit their group’s total hours volunteered as well as a volunteer of the month. Top monthly groups and individuals will be featured on the Blackhawks website and become eligible to win prizes! The group with the most volunteer hours by the end of the program will be invited to participate in a group service project with help from a Blackhawks player.

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