Oct. 2, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army hockey team has partnered with Team IMPACT with the goal of improving the life of a child facing a life-threatening illness. The Black Knights will officially adopt a Team IMPACT child for the 2013-14 season, welcoming him as an official member of the Army hockey family.
Team IMPACT is a non-profit organization geared towards enhancing the lives of children facing life-threatening and chronic illnesses by matching them up with collegiate athletic teams. Through a structured matching process, the relationship between the child and team is established and cultivated to ensure a successful experience for both parties.
"Team IMPACT is a fantastic organization whose core goals are nothing short of awe-inspiring," said 10th-year head coach Brian Riley. "Our guys could not be more excited to welcome a young man into our hockey family and hopefully make a positive difference in his life. The mission of this organization is one we should all be aiming to follow. It is our hope that a few years down the road, every West Point team will join that mission."
Through the program, the child benefits from the camaraderie, support, respect, laughter and love that come from being a valued member of a team. Meanwhile, the college athletes gain invaluable perspective on the precious nature of life, and are humbled and inspired by the determination, strength and courage of a child fighting through such adversity.
For more information on Team IMPACT, please visit goteamimpact.org and follow @GoTeamIMPACT on Twitter.
The Army hockey team's history of community outreach and service has been evident throughout Riley's tenure. The team's most recent endeavor was the development of Neighborhood Knights. The group has been actively involved in the community in a number of projects that benefit the local environment and recreation areas, including the Adopt-A-Highway program. In addition, Army has played an annual hockey game against the Long Island Rough Riders, a sled hockey team is primarily made up of people with various lower extremity disabilities, and pioneered the House of Blues program aimed at raising prostate cancer awareness.
"Giving back to the community and our players volunteering their time to do something for the good of others is a staple for our program and will be for years to come," Riley added.
To order your 2013-14 hockey tickets today, visit www.goARMYsports.com/tickets, call 1-877-TIX-ARMY or stop by the Army Ticket Office located at Gate 3 of Michie Stadium. Season, group and single-game tickets are now on sale, along with three and six-game mini-plans. Click here for more information and pricing.