(Fairfield, CT) - The Sacred Heart Women's Ice Hockey team has stayed busy during the holiday season both on and off the ice, sweeping Stevenson the weekend before Thanksgiving and also finding time to help the community as well.
On Sunday November 18th from 1-2:30 members of the squad participated in the annual "Skate Away Hunger" event at the Milford Ice Pavilion to benefit the Milford Food Bank. Senior Jennifer Hasson, juniors Jennie Robinson and Mandy Montgomery, sophomore Catherine Chittick, and freshman Amanda Fontaine combined their efforts and enthusiasm, bringing nonperishable food items to help feed the hungry in the area this holiday season. The event was a great opportunity to skate with the public and players from local youth programs while also contributing to a great cause. Senior Jen Hasson commented, "I enjoy opportunities like this where SHU women's ice hockey is able to reach out to the community while skating and doing something we love."
This month, the team also contributed to various efforts to university-sponsored drives such the Thanksgiving Drive held by volunteer programs and collections for Hurricane Sandy victims held by Campus Ministry. Guided by senior captain Sarah Delaney and junior Erin Marley, team representatives of the Student Athletes Advisory Council, the team collected money to aid in stocking local food pantries in anticipation of the upcoming holidays. The squad also composed over 50 holiday greeting cards for the men and women soldiers who will be serving the country overseas.
In addition, the ladies have also been busy teaming up with a local Connecticut Stars Girls U-16 and U-19 hockey program. Throughout the start of the Stars' season, the squad has been helping out by coaching practices. Sophomores Alex Davis, Melissa Robbins, and Catherine Chittick took the ice with the girls and were given full range to teach them skills and even ran drills. Sophomore Melissa Robbins said, "Helping out with the girls program was a great opportunity to get involved in the community and encourage young female athletes to excel in something they love. I hope that being a role model for these young athletes will provide them encouragement and steer them in the right direction."