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In 2014, two local hockey moms (Julie Sorenson and Sarah Pernie) decided they wanted to start a group to give back to the Kalamazoo Community. The premise was simple, meet 4 times per year for a Hockey Moms Night Out where a charity benefits from each event and hockey moms get a social night out to catch up and meet other hockey moms. So far, the group has helped a local elementary school, the SPCA, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
This Thanksgiving and Christmas, the group has adopted a local family in need, and has held food collection/drop-offs leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. There are two drop-offs left for Thanksgiving donations:
Sunday, Nov. 22 from 9am-noon. Stephanie will be collecting non-perishable food donations during the KOHA apparel sale at Wings West. Then, on Monday evening (11/23) from 5-7pm also at Wings West (Sarah's husband will be taking collections).
The food will be delivered to the family on Wednesday.
Julie and Sarah are also asking their group of hockey moms - and anyone else interested in helping - to keep this family of 7 in mind when doing your Black Friday and holiday shopping, as they are all in need of winter garments.
Boy 4 - likes superheroes, cars, bubbles. Size 5T, shoe size 11
Boy 8 - likes superheroes, football, bikes. Size 8, shoe size 2
Girl 11 - likes hair stuff, nail polish, fashion. Size XL, shoe size 8 (women's)
Girl 16 - likes makeup, hair stuff (crimper, straightener, etc.). Size XL, shoe size 9 (women's)
Girl 17 -likes mall giftcards, black nail polish. Size M, shoe size 9 (wants combat boots)
Dad - needs winter clothing size XL top, 38 pants; shoe size 12
Mom - needs winter clothing size 2XL top, XL pants; shoe size 8.5
BOTH JV TRYOUTS ARE ON THE ARENA @WINGS EVENT CENTER
(formerly Wings Stadium)
NOV 9th 7:10pm-8:25pm
NOV 11th 8:35pm-9:50pm
JOIN US ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 7TH FOR KOHA'S INAUGURAL
AT WINGS WEST ICE ARENA - 5076 SPORTS DRIVE - KALAMAZOO, MI
KALAMAZOO, MI - The Kalamazoo Optimist Hockey Association (KOHA) will be hosting an all-day event at Wings West Ice Arena on Saturday, November 7th from 10am-4pm. 28 teams from across Michigan and Illinois will participate in an 8U cross-ice jamboree, while 9 local-area restaurants will compete in the chili challenge that is open to the public!
“We are excited to be hosting an inaugural event of this magnitude for our younger players; and we couldn’t be more excited about the response from local businesses willing to support and participate in the event,” said Brian Tulik, KOHA’s Program Director.
Kicking off the day’s events will be an annual Try Hockey For Free event in conjunction with USA Hockey and the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association. “Last November, KOHA saw 80 kids new to the sport give hockey a try. We hope to introduce as many kids this year to our sport, and to have them stay and watch our 7 & 8 year olds on the ice, maybe enjoy some chili and spend a fun-filled day at the rink with us,” said Stephanie Dukesherer, KOHA’s Communications & Marketing Director.
Coaches from USA Hockey (Colorado Springs) as well as a delegation from Finland’s Youth Hockey Association will be on hand for the event as well, and each visiting team will get a practice session with the guest coaches. “As one of USA Hockey’s Model Associations, KOHA is honored that USA Hockey is sending their own high level coaches – and bringing their Finnish counterparts – to take part in the event and provide these young players the opportunity to be on the ice and learn from them,” said Dukesherer.
SATURDAY, Nov. 7th - ALL EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
10am – 11am --> Try Hockey For Free (register at TryHockeyForFree.com)
11am – 4pm --> 8U Cross-Ice Jamboree (FREE TO WATCH)
11am - (until the chili runs out) CHILI CHALLENGE - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!!!
$10 for adults, $5 for kids - Jamboree participants eat FREE!
(participants: KOHA, Burdick’s, The Hangar, Capital Services, Zeb’s, North 11, Louie’s, Main St Pub, & Niko’s)
Beverage Tent * Door prizes & Raffle * FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING TO HELP AT THE EVENT, PLEASE EMAIL STEPHANIE at
Please bring your own jersey and socks as teams will not be drafted until after the first 2 weekends on the ice.
6U ICE TIMES:
10/17 - 8:10am @ WINGS WEST
10/18 - 8:00am @ WINGS WEST
8U ICE TIMES (check your email inbox for GROUP assignment):
10/17 - 9:20am @ WINGS WEST
10/18 - 9:10am @ WINGS WEST
10/17 - 10:30am @ WINGS WEST
10/18 - 10:25am @ WINGS WEST
SQUIRT (2005 & 2006) ICE TIMES:
GROUP 1 (last name A-L)
10/17 - 8:15am @ WINGS WEST
10/18 - 8:10am @ LAWSON
GROUP 2 (last name M-Z)
10/17 - 9:25am @ WINGS WEST
10/18 - 9:20am @ LAWSON
PEEWEE C & BANTAM C FAMILIES ONLY:
KOHA has decided to make some schedule changes to accommodate the evaluation process for THIS weekend (10/17 & 10/18).
Please note the following changes:
10/17 ALL ICE TIMES AT THE ARENA (Wings Stadium) HAVE BEEN CANCELLED!
NEW TIMES FOR SATURDAY 10/17:
12:50 - 1:50pm WINGS WEST - PEEWEE C (A-L & M-Z)
2:00 - 3:00pm WINGS WEST - BANTAM C
NEW TIMES FOR SUNDAY 10/18
10:30 - 11:30am LAWSON PEEWEE C (A-L & M-Z)
11:40 - 12:40pm LAWSON BANTAM C
JOIN US SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3RD AT DICK'S SPORTING GOODS IN PORTAGE, MI!
6355 S. Westnedge Ave. Postage, MI 49002
CLICK HERE FOR A 20% OFF COUPON (must present coupon at register to receive discount)
Special discount valid ALL DAY October 3rd in-store only
(may also order online at kiosk in store)
PLUS - FREE SKATE SHARPENING FOR THE FIRST 20 REQUESTS!
Stop in from 11am-2pm and ENTER TO WIN $50 IN DICK'S CASH!
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