As the pre-season comes to an end, the Blizzard have been working hard in preparation for the start of the regular season. Not only have the Blizzard been busy on the ice, the team has also reached out to the Brookings community in a number of ways.
Last Thursday, the players teamed up with the Brookings Area Habitat for Humanity to put finishing touches on a Habitat house currently being built on the outskirts of Brookings. Various jobs were given to the players such as priming, painting, and lawnwork.
The project was part of a series of community outreach events that the Blizzard are participating in as the September 27th home opener approaches.
When asked about having the players volunteer, Barbara Johnson, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, said she was very pleased with the work the Blizzard had done.
“We had the hockey team help us out last year as well. After a positive experience then, we definitely wanted to take advantage of their hard work again this year. The boys’ help with painting and cleaning up the landscape helped us stay on track with our building schedule,” said Johnson.
Split up into two shifts, every player took their turn working on the house.
Team captain Nick DeCenzo spent most of his time painting window trim.
“It’s a great feeling when you can give back to the community and help those in need of it. It may not feel like a big deal to us, but to them it could mean the world,” said DeCenzo.
On Sunday, the Blizzard were busy again at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. Players and coaches helped celebrate Kidoodle’s birthday by assisting with potato sack races, fishing in the backyard pond, and in the museum’s grocery store. Click here to see pictures from the event.
“The players did a wonderful job participating with the kids and other guests,” said Children’s Museum Education Director and event organizer Carrie Benson. “We enjoyed having them here and appreciate what the team is doing in the community.”
The Blizzard organization puts a strong emphasis on community support and involvement.
“We are not only trying to develop good hockey players. We are also building strong men and good citizens,” said Blizzard head coach Cory Laylin. “If there are other opportunities for our players to volunteer we are all for it.”
“It is just a way to for us to say thank you to Brookings for all of their support,” added DeCenzo.
If an organization or group is in need of help with an event or would like the Blizzard team to visit their organization, please fill out the request form here or call 605-592-9114.