Parma High Hockey Team Raises $3,000 Playing in Charity Game
On December 17, it was a night of friendly camaraderie as the Parma Senior hockey team hosted a charity event for the Cleveland Rockin’ Wildcats. The Rockin’ Wildcats are members of the American Special Hockey Association (ASHA), which gives people with developmental disabilities the chance to learn and grow by playing hockey.
Parma coach Joe Gaudino says the charity event has a lot to do with their equipment manager, senior Luke Grahl, who plays for the Rockin’ Wildcats.
“We decided let’s give back a little bit. It teaches our kids some humility, what it is like in the real world,” Gaudino said.
The third annual charity game raised $3,000, and since its inception, has raised over $7,000 for the Rockin’ Wildcats. The funds help the team pay for equipment, jerseys, and fees for playing in tournaments.
For Parma junior Ryan Pinson, playing in the charity game is sentimental, especially when it benefits one of his teammates. “We all go out there and just try to put on the best show for them (Rockin’ Wildcats), make them feel like it’s a real game while raising some money in the process,” Pinson said.
If Grahl decides to stay and assist the team after he graduates from high school or takes a different path, Gaudino states that the Parma hockey team will continue to have a charity game to benefit the Rockin’ Wildcats.
“We’re still going to take care of that team, it’s something that we want to do,” Gaudino said. “We want to give them the opportunity to have some of the same things that other hockey players have. Hockey is a tight-knit group, they’re all family so that’s what we do.”