By Noah Alatza
Giving back to the community is nothing new for Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ Hockey Club.
The team, which has students from HSE High School and Fishers High School, will dedicate two upcoming games to fundraising for Riley Hospital for Children.
Geist Elementary School teacher and hockey team parent Autumn Carter said one of the guests of honor, Luke Andritsch, a leukemia survivor, will share his story and drop the first puck at the A game.
“I found the guest of honor and I reached out to him,” Carter said. ”It would be a good idea to get the community aware of what HSE hockey does. Our guys like to give back to the community, and this is another way to give back and help support the children’s hospital.”
Riley McGuire, a Riley patient and hockey player, will be the other honorary guest. He will drop the puck at the B game.
Christi Demlow, a hockey parent and event chairperson, said the hockey team donated $1,300 to Riley last yea. The team has a $4,000 goal this year.
“HSE hockey has always done a philanthropic game for Riley,” Demlow said. “We have many people affected by cancer, and we chose Riley as a place to donate because we know they deal with all kinds of cancers. That was just what they chose to do.”
Demlow said this year alone players have volunteered more than 150 hours at the local homeless shelter, Third Phase; completed a food drive for community service; and sponsored a golf tournament in September to support HSE hockey players, among other events.
The A game will be at 9 p.m. Jan. 18. The B game will be at 7:40 p.m. Feb. 2. Both games will be played at the Fuel Tank in Fishers, 9022 E 126th St.
Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for students. A silent auction and jersey auction will be offered. All proceeds will benefit Riley Hospital for Children.
Michelle Jones also served as a co-chairperson with assistance from coaches Adrian Render and Alex Werner. For more visit, contact HSECancerGames@gmail.com.