In Schenectady, members of the Union College hockey team are donating their extra game and concession tickets they receive from the team to bring local kids to games. The idea for Kozi’s Kids came from forward Josh Kosack after he realized what an impact players could have by interacting with young fans. Players each receive an allotment of tickets from the team to distribute to family members. But often, the tickets go unused. So Kosack collects them and distributes them to Schenectady school children through COCOA House, a Schenectady-based community outreach group that was also started by a Union College student. The group’s executive director, Will Rivas, chaperones the kids to the games, where they get to enjoy the game and meet the players afterward. The effort not only exposes the kids to hockey and provides them with an enjoyable evening out, but it also provides a connection with the players, who use the opportunity to encourage, motivate and inspire the kids. To read more, see Mike MacAdam’s article in the Jan. 29 Gazette.
In Cambridge, the Cambridge school girls basketball program raised more than $10,000 to help a young student who is battling cancer. As part of a day-long event last month featuring basketball games against Berne-Knox-Westerlo, the school booster club hosted a concession stand, bake sale, sold t-shirts and held a raffle to benefit Cambridge third-grader Nola Marotta. Nola recently was diagnosed with Epitheliod Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer that primarily affects the respiratory system. The players also wore yellow shoelaces to demonstrate their support for 9-year-old Nola, who got sick before she could participate in the local basketball program. More than 500 people attended the event. All proceeds benefitted Nola and her family. In addition, a “Love For Nola” GoFundMe page had collected more than $36,000 through Sunday. To donate, visit: https://www.gofundme.com/f/love-for-nola.
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