Jacks raise over $600 in diabetes awareness game
November 18, 2012
Shawn Donovan drops the puck at Cleveland's game on November 11th which raised money for the American Diabetes Association.
During the Nov. 11 game against the Three Rivers Vengeance, the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks’ organization helped raise a $624 donation to the American Diabetes Association.
The game was played to raise awareness for the disease after Jr. Lumberjacks’ youth player Shawn Donovan was diagnosed with diabetes this past summer.
Cleveland won the game 3-2.
“It means a lot to me to give back to people with disabilities or who are not as fortunate as some of us,” said Cleveland defenseman Pat Smith. “Giving back has always been a part of my life since I was younger. The game is just as important as any other game, but it’s special in the meaning that we are playing for a cause and it helps out people with diabetes.
Back in August, a Jr. Jacks’ youth player was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, so this cause really hits close to home.
“One thing I always stress to our players is that we get involved in the community here,” said Jr. Lumberjacks’ head coach and general manager Bob Jacobson. “This organization has been here a lot of years and Cleveland and the surrounding areas have supported us through the lean years and in the successful years. This is just one way that we can start to give back to the community that has given us so much over so many years.”
“It's always great to be a part of something that helps give back to people that need it,” Cleveland captain Fred West said. “Diabetes is a very serious disease that affects a lot of people and I was really excited to play in this game that helped the cause.”