Hockey tournament helps raise money for charity
More than a hundred kids will take to the ice this weekend, hoping to raise money for the Hemby Children’s Hospital. This marks the tenth year Indian Trail’s Extreme Ice Center, 4705 Indian Trail-Fairview Road, has hosted the three day event, which brings 28 youth hockey teams together from across the country.
“It’s a different kind of tournament,” Extreme Ice Public Relations Director Brandy Mills said. “This time, the kids are bringing donations, they’re doing community service, they’re doing things for kids in the hospital. It’s a chance for them not only to play hockey, but to go and help the community.”
The tournament raised more than $750,000 since it started in 2001. That money has gone to build a hospital playground, fund an Arts for Life program and buy medical equipment and toys for kids in the hospital. This year, donations will be split between the hospital and Charlotte’s Ronald McDonald House. In addition to the youth tournament, Microsoft employees will suit up on Saturday, to face off in a hockey game against Bank of America employees.
“The Hemby Cup was founded to give the children, if for just one day, an opportunity to forget about the treatments, the rehabilitation and the medicine and just have FUN,” Tom DeFeo, Hemby Cup founder and National Director at Microsoft, explained. “We aim to bring the community together in support of the kids and raise money for services that improve the pediatric patient experience.”
Novant Health, Microsoft and Bank of America help sponsor the event, which this year will also include five VIPs in attendance, kids from the hospital, to be honored as heroes. Sixth grader Madison Robinson, a cancer survivor, will sing the national anthem to kick off the event.
This weekend’s event marks the first of three Extreme Ice plans to hold in the coming months. The next will be Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving and the final one will be on President’s Day. All total, Extreme Ice hopes to raise $200,000 through the three weeks.
Anyone can donate funds for the event, by clicking on the link on the Extreme Ice website, www.xienter.com. They can also stop by the center to donate.
For anyone who wants to watch the Microsoft vs. Bank of America game, tickets are $15 and can be purchased by contacting Brant Fairchild, 704-384-3650. The ticket includes a post-game skate and admission to Saturday night’s Charlotte Checkers game.