Henry Sibley boys hockey team awarded grant


This post showing the Henry Sibley Warriors boys hockey team volunteering in its community scored the team new sticks from CCM Hockey. (courtesy of Henry Sibley hockey on Instagram)

The Henry Sibley High School boys hockey team was awarded an equipment grant from gear maker CCM Hockey. 

Hayden Dietz, a 10th-grader, said he heard about the grant from a social media post made by the company.

“I applied because I thought everyone would love it if we got it. It required us to post a picture of our team helping out the community — we had to include hashtags and tag CCM on the post,” Dietz said.

Coach Branden Ferraro said his fellow hockey coaches didn’t know about the submission until the team won the grant. 

Volunteering is a requirement on the team. Dietz said the Warriors have helped out younger players at their practices and worked at Feed My Starving Children. An Instagram post of the team helping at the nonprofit was the one used for the team’s winning entry.

“As a program, we are emphasizing the importance of community and citizenship,” Ferraro said. “Our players do 10 hours of community service, from Feed My Starving Children to helping out with the “mite” youth [hockey] program. We think that giving back to the community will carry on throughout their life.”

Dietz said the team received sticks of their choice from CCM, including for their head coach.

“We were all very excited — and some people believed it was fake, because it’s such a big thing,” Dietz said. 

If eligible, he said the team hopes to enter the giveaway again next year.

 

—Hannah Burlingame

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