Poughkeepsie, N.Y. — It has been nearly two weeks since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the United States as a Category 4 hurricane, but the effects of this major tropical storm are still being felt throughout the south. The storm was at peak power over a four day period, in which Texas and Louisiana were hit hard causing catastrophic damage.
On Saturday, September 23, the Marist Hockey Team will be playing the New York City Fire Department Hockey Team in the 2nd annual Heroes on Ice Charity Game. The game will be played at The Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie at 4:15 p.m. Admission to the game is free, but there will be apparel from both teams for sale, 50/50 raffles, and chuck-a-puck in between periods. All of the proceeds from the apparel sale and in between period games will be donated to Hurricane Harvey Relief.
Marist Hockey captain and senior forward, Austin King said, “This is about more than hockey, or any sport for that matter. When you see people whose homes have been destroyed and family members killed, you want to do anything you can to help even if it is just a few thousand dollars. When you can play a sport that you love while raising money for a good cause, it is the best of both worlds.”
Hurricane Harvey is the wettest tropical storm in United States history, with rain totaling 51.88 inches during the storms peak. Wind speed during the four day period maxed out at 130 miles per hour. The combination of rain and wind caused major destruction throughout Texas and a small part of Louisiana. Harvey caused 70 confirmed deaths in the United States, 185,000 homes were damaged and 9,000 destroyed according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Preliminary estimates for economic losses are between 70 and 200 billion dollars (USA Today).
Marist Hockey’s Public Relations Director, Nick Rudzewick said, “We planned this game pretty early on in the summer to raise some money for both hockey programs, but when
we saw what was happening in Texas we decided to reach out to some charities. We won’t be able to donate millions of dollars, but in a situation like this every dollar counts.”
The whole sports community has rallied behind the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts most notably Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt who personally donated 100,000 dollars and started a relief fund that raised 4 million dollars in the first three days. Other donations include 200,000 dollars from the NHL and NHLPA, 1 million dollars from the NFL, 1 million dollars from the MLB and MLBPA, 1 million dollars from the NBA and NBAPA, as well as millions of dollars worth of donations from individual players (Sports Illustrated). The Marist and FDNY hockey teams are hoping to do their part, so please come out and support on Saturday, September 23 at the Mid Hudson Civic Center at 4:15 p.m.
Jim Sergent, Janet Loehrke, Karl Gelles. “Charting Hurricane Harvey’s Jaw-Dropping Size and Destruction.” USA Today, Gannett Satellite Information Network, 1 Sept. 2017, www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/08/30/charting-hurricane-harveys-jaw-dropping-size-and-destruction/617923001/.
Rollins, Khadrice. “Hurricane Harvey Relief Donations from Sports World.” SI.com, Sports Illustrated, 30 Aug. 2017, www.si.com/extra-mustard/2017/08/29/list-hurricane-harvey-relief-donations-jj-watt-houston-texans-chris-paul.