By Dave Werstine
Long Beach Press Telegram
LONG BEACH, Calif. – On Sunday, it’ll be OK for those in Long Beach and surrounding communities to walk their dog on the beach. Well, as long as they are Ice Dogs.
The Ice Dogs will be holding their first-ever Beach Sweep, beginning at 11:45 a.m. at the Long Beach Arena, and are looking for fans and other community-oriented people to join them and help clean up the local coastline.
Ice Dogs coach Malcolm Cameron, the organizer of the event, has a fondness for the local beaches and often spends time there with his family. He enjoys it so much that he has a team-bonding beach walk a few times a year.
That’s what helped spark the idea.
“I thought it would be a nice way to gather people from the community together,” he said. “It’s a chance to do something in the sun and do something nice for the community. It’ll be a nice family day.”
For those who come out, they will not only get to help keep the beaches clean, but will also have a chance to get to know the Ice Dogs. And for the players, it will be a chance to get to know the people in the community.
“The fun part of playing in these cities is getting to know the people of the city,” Cameron said. “(For the fans), it’s a chance to see the guys in a not-so formal environment.”
The starting time for the event has been set, but an ending time?
“As long as there is sunlight, as long as people want to stay,” said Cameron.