FRASER, Mich. – Even as the Metro Jets find success on the ice, their biggest wins come off the ice in the local community.
So far this season, the Jets have donated more than $8000 to area charities and causes, including nearly $1700 from the team’s Pink In The Rink “Hockey Fights Cancer” game last October.
This coming Saturday at the Jets’ annual Heroes Game at Fraser Hockeyland, the recipients of these awards will be honored and recognized during a pre-game ceremony prior to the 7:30 p.m. faceoff with the Wooster Oilers to wrap up the 2016-17 regular season.
Also honored will be one Junior A player with the annual Player Scholarship Award. Last season’s recipient was then-captain Matt Dempsey.
“From the very start, the Metro Jets Hockey Club made service one of its core values,” said Jets owner and president Peter Cammick. “’Giving and Doing for Others’ is as important to the development of these fine athletes as any other element of our program. Our players, volunteers and fans have been amazing in their service to the community. It is such an honor to be associated with this group and see the great work that is being done. Through the Jets Hockey Foundation, a 501c3 charitable organization, we will be able to support local causes for years to come.”
“One of our biggest assets as an organization is the Jets Foundation,” added Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “To have a platform that allows our team to raise money for local establishments through our events is special. Not many programs have that opportunity and ours doesn’t go without all our volunteers, staff members and players putting in the effort for a good cause. Between our Pink in the Rink, Heroes Game and other events that provide a boost to raise money, in the end we know every penny will go towards a local school, program or establishment that will appreciate any donation.
“It is important for our young players to see the values and the benefit to giving time and giving back. We are lucky to be a part of this great organization and look forward to the challenge of raising the bar every season.”
One of the Jets’ top fundraisers for the community (and one that has been utilized a bunch this season) is the Jets Foundation Power Play. During each home game, if a Jets player scores with the man-advantage, a donation is made to local community youth sports.
“I love the Jets Foundation Power Play – what a great way to give back to the community,” said Jets Foundation director and tireless team promoter Nancy Krajewski. “And with this year’s success, I’m excited to say that there are a whole bunch of local organizations that will benefit. Having the foundation co-exist with the team is such an awesome experience for us. This is my baby and I love every aspect of it. We work long and hard to make a footprint in this community both from the Metro Jets association and the junior team to volunteering and supporting local opportunities. There is nothing more rewarding than watching our brand grow.”
The breakdown of this season’s awards is as follows:
One Child at a Time – a nonprofit serving Detroit’s most impoverished schools that was founded by U of D Mercy students Sarah Hirschmann and Gina Munson
Richards Middle School Show Choir
Metro Jets Association
Fraser Parks and Rec baseball program
ADDITIONAL AWARDS for 2016-17 SEASON
University of Tampa hockey program
Metro Jets Junior Player Scholarship Award
Angels of Hope
MAHA Sled Hockey
Sterling Heights Nationals baseball team
Wigs for Kids
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Michigan