Men's Hockey to Host Annual Wounded Warrior Game on Feb. 6

January 11 2016
Category: Athletics

In what has been a yearly tradition since 2010, the Elmira College men's ice hockey team will once again be joining the effort to support the Wounded Warrior Project, through the Hockey Helpers program, when it hosts Nazareth College at the Murray Athletic Center Ice Arena as part of Athletics Alumni Weekend on Saturday, February 6th.
 
"We are extremely excited to once again take part in this great event this season," Head Coach Aaron Saul '98 said. "The Wounded Warrior game has not only been something that our program has looked forward to, but has also been cherished by our local hockey community as well. It gives our team a chance to make our impact felt beyond the rink and give back to those who have sacrificed so much."
 
Hockey Helpers (HH), founded by Ryan Adler, a 2009 graduate of Hobart College and four year varsity hockey player, has been a partner of the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) dating back to its creation in 2007. The program was established with the mission of giving NCAA hockey teams the opportunity to give back to their communities through multiple service projects. Hockey Helpers increases the visibility of the Wounded Warrior Project by wearing apparel with the WWP and HH logos, while also providing a platform through which teams can participate in community service projects. Through its outreach and fundraising programs it has made a sizeable impact in the lives of injured veterans and their loved ones.
 
The Wounded Warrior Project, a Congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization and 501(C)(3) non-profit, was founded by injured serviceman John Melia in 2003. The organization exists to provide tangible comfort and support to the new generation of severely injured military veterans upon their return home from confrontations in the Middle East and other areas around the world. As of this year, the Wounded Warrior Project serves over 72,000 registered alumni and nearly 12,000 registered members, defined as family or caregivers of a registered alumnus.
 
The Soaring Eagles will once again endeavor to make a difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed all for the freedoms we hold dear through its apparel fundraising effort. The team has army green t-shirts now available for purchase, while they will also be available for sale the day of the game on February 6th. Cost of the shirt is $15.
 
Elmira will also be donning special-edition white and camouflage jerseys when they take on the Golden Flyers. As in years past, every jersey will be auctioned off online, while any jersey not bid on prior to the game will be sold during or after the contest on February 6th. For more information, or if you would like to place a bid, contact Head Coach Aaron Saul at: asaul@elmira.edu.
 
All proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. Be sure to check the Elmira Athletics Website for more information on the event.