ECHL teams are always giving back to their local communities. Here’s a look at some recent events from select teams.
Colorado – The Colorado Eagles Fanboni made its annual appearance in the Greeley Stampede Independence Day Parade on the 4th of July. Eagles’ forward Darryl Bootland rode the Fanboni with his son along with the voice of the Colorado Eagles, Kevin McGlue, some of the Eagles Chicks and Slapshot! On July 18, the Eagles participated in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Parade in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A lot of Cheyenne residents attend Eagles’ game and love getting to see the Eagles in the community. This year the Eagles had the ever popular Fanboni in the western-themed parade along with the voice of the Colorado Eagles, Kevin McGlue, the Eagles Chicks, E-Gals and Slapshot!
Kalamazoo – On July 29, Binder Park Zoo hosted a “Climb for the Lions” event, in conjunction with an 11-year-old, Yasmin, who raised over $15,000 for the new lion exhibit at Binder Park Zoo. Slappy and Head Coach Nick Bootland were in attendance for this high energy and fun event. Slappy conquered the high ropes course with Yasmin, while Coach Bootland raced around the go-kart track to help bring lions to Southwest Michigan. On July 31, Slappy made an appearance at the Battle Creek Bombers’ Camp day against our hometown summer baseball team, the Kalamazoo Growlers. Many kids that were in attendance are huge fans of Slappy and the Kalamazoo Wings. We even ran into one of our biggest fans and season ticket holder, David! Kids were excited to participate in games with Slappy, while asking for autographs and pictures.
Norfolk – On July 24, the team took part in the Wounded Warrior Project’s The Blacklion Bash, which included food, beverages, and a silent auction all designed to raise money for two charities that serve military veterans and their families—Wounded Warrior Project and Special Operations Warrior Fund. The auction alone brought in almost $10,000 for the two charities. On Aug, 1, the Admirals took part in the inaugural Back 2 School PREP Rally which benefited low income children in Hampton Roads. VBCDC wants children to start the school year excited to learn and focused on education! The Back 2 School PREP Rally helps encourage families to start early on “prepping” for the school year by committing to a focus on reading and math during the month of August. The event serves 300 children and 200 adults (parents, volunteers, vendors). Each registered child received a backpack, school supplies, and reading and math materials.
Tulsa – On July 18, Oilers’ staff competed in the Tulsa Dodge Brawl Tournament to raise money for “Turn Tulsa Pink.” On July 31, staff members donated their time to Up With Trees by helping to replant and repair trees around the community.