Had you attended the Brown Bears game last Friday, Nov. 19, you would have understood reasons why the team is so valuable to our community. The Bears generously donated a portion of ticket sales and explained the programs of the United Way. As a United Way fundraiser, all 20 Bears shot pucks on me (2010 UW Campaign Chair). They scored 16 of 40 shots, a testament to the young gentlemen that certainly could have put many more past this old goaltender, just a year or 20 past my prime. Brown Bears efforts delivered a 5-4 overtime win over the Wenatchee Wild and approximately $2,000 to the 2010 United Way campaign.
The Bears collectively invest thousands of hours per year helping non-profits, supporting schools and assisting whenever requested for the good of the community. They recently sported military jerseys in recognition of active and veteran military personnel. Future events include assisting the U.S. Marines Reserves Toys for Tots program, the Dec. 3 Rusty Blades Food Bank game and the Feb. 4 "Pink in the Rink" cancer benefit.
Most importantly, Brown Bear players serve as positive examples for young people in our community that look up to athletes. The players are polite and respectful and the team is run in a way that discourages violence and rewards good sportsmanship.
Brown Bear players are student-athletes aspiring to earn college scholarships or professional opportunities. Please take the time to invest in their support to recognize all they do that is positive in our community.
Mayor Peter A. Micciche, 2010 United Way Campaign Chair
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