We are almost two weeks into the NHL lockout and at the time of this posting, the two sides have yet to meet since the September 15th deadline came and went.
I guess no one is in a real big hurry to get to a solution. Sigh.
I shared some thoughts last week about the work stoppage and how I was going to use this time to shine the spotlight on some of the other great hockey action we have going on in SoCal. This week, I’m taking a look at Ducks fans in the community and how despite the lockout, their volunteer efforts are still at full strength.
I spoke with Terri Ticer, Ducks fan and member of the Anaheim Ducks booster club, the Die Hards. As a former roller hockey mom, she’s been a fan of the Ducks for over 10 years. With a love for volunteering and serving her community, she has taken a lead role with the Die Hards as Event Coordinator, organizing volunteer efforts for the members.
It’s no secret that the Ducks have a great relationship with CHOC Children’s, as several times during a season, their partnership is put on display through fundraising efforts for Orange County’s only freestanding children’s hospital. The Die Hards have followed in this path and have volunteered many hours serving the awesome kids and families of CHOC.
They’ve spent their Saturday mornings assembling craft kits and making posters for the kids. They also served last spring during CHOC Night at Honda Center by assisting with the sale of the very popular CHOC Bears signed by the players. And next month, they will be participating as a team in the 2012 CHOC Walk in the Park at Disneyland Resort on Sunday, October 14.
But the Die Hards volunteer efforts aren’t limited to CHOC. This past summer, they visited the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County to help sort and box donated food in preparation for delivery to families in need. And this Thanksgiving, they will be assisting with the 26th Annual We Give Thanks Thanksgiving Dinner at Honda Center.
With the goal of offering at least one volunteer opportunity a month to the members, Ticer says that serving is a great way for Die Hards to show support for their favorite hockey team and the community. For Ticer herself, it was the Ducks commitment to CHOC that led her to begin volunteering over three and a half years ago on her own personal time to the organization. She now serves as “Choco Bear” at special events and participates once a week in CHOC’s radio program for the kids.
Want to join fellow hockey fans and get involved in serving the community? A great place to start would the upcoming CHOC Walk in the Park. Visit the Anaheim Ducks Die Hards Team Page to either join the team in walking, make a donation or both. It’s a unique opportunity to walk through Disneyland and California Adventure during off hours and represent our love for hockey and the Ducks while raising money for the great Orange County treasure we have in CHOC.
And be sure to visit the Die Hards on Facebook to keep up with future volunteer opportunities. NHL games or not, it’s great to see Ducks fans’ continued commitment to serving our community.