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Entries for November 2014


Team managers have the clothing order forms and will be sending them out please have them in to your managers or me (Frank) no later than November 23 Sunday evening.


Mark your calendars      Buddy Skate 2014-15 will be held on Saturday Dec 27th  4:45pm


Buddy Skate 2014 was undoubtedly the largest and best event to date since its inception 12 years ago. Players from the LI Rebels, Lady Islanders, and Junior Royals turned out in force to help the visiting students. Smiles, new friends, and laughter filled the Dix Hills Ice Arena with a glow.

 I want to share a story, which I believe is a perfect encapsulation of the event as a whole:

 Early in the evening a mother and father entered the rink with their small child who, upon seeing the swell of the crowd, worriedly clutched to his father. Volunteer players guided the parents to the skate rental area, and helped put on and tie the child’s skates; all while he still held tightly onto his father.

 This continued as they walked out to the ice surface. Holding on to dad, and with mom just inches away ,the players tried to connect with the child; talking, joking and showing him how much fun skating can be. The child watched, but would not let go of his dad.   After several minutes, Coach R skated in to see if he could help.  He got down on his knees and spoke with the child, which seemed to lessen his grip on his dad.  I don’t know what he said, but the child soon let go with one hand and reached out to Coach R.

  With one hand on dad and the other on his new friend, the child calmed down and then let go of dad completely. Coach R picked him up and started skating around mom and dad; first slowly and then much more quickly.  Then it came: the smile, which soon turned to a chuckle, and eventually laughter. 

 Coach R reached down and put the child’s skates on the ice, pushing him in a circle around mom and dad. The four laughed together, without a care in the world, and only having met just minutes earlier.


Dear Family Members & Friends:

 It’s time for our 4th annual Building Homes for Heroes “Skate for a Hero”. It will again be on Veteran’s Day, Tuesday November 11th from 1:30-3:30 at Superior Ice Rink.

Nicole & Michael McGuigan will be helping Building Homes for Heroes by organizing and participating in a Skate for a Hero fundraiser. Building Homes for Heroes provides individuals, corporations and others with an opportunity to help our severely wounded and disabled veterans and their families rebuild their lives. Building Homes for Heroes is committed to supporting those who have returned home from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan with severe wounds and disabilities, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need. It is BHFH & our honor to support those who have been called upon to make a tremendous personal sacrifice.

Nikki & Michael are asking for your help in one of two ways: come & skate ($10 admission – all going to BHFH) and/or a monetary donation. Although we are not very comfortable asking for donations we feel very strongly that we can make a difference for our heroes, with your help. This year we will be helping a local hero, USMC Corp Billy Ventura, renovate his home to accommodate him from his injuries.

Lance Corporal Ventura, who was on leave from training at upstate Fort Drum, was involved in a motorcycle accident on Long Island.  After the accident, a passing motorist ran Ventura over, and then fled the scene.  Lance Corporal Ventura was treated for fractured vertebrae, crushed spinal cord, collapsed lung, and lacerated internal organs.  He is paralyzed from the waist down. 

Building Homes for Heroes will lead the effort to carry out a major renovation of the family's home to make it handicap-accessible in an effort to meet Lance Corporal Ventura's main needs, and to provide him with the freedom and independence he deserves. 

Please see the attached flyer for more information. Please make checks payable to Building Homes for Heroes and mail to:  McGuigans. 27 School Lane, Huntington NY 11743

Michael – 631.905.3808            bhfh 2014 flyer.pdf


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