Dawgs Making a Difference
Dawg Nation is active and involved in the larger community, lending a helping hand by supporting other groups and events in a variety of ways. You’ll seeing us volunteering at other charity events, playing in tournaments, marching in parades and much, much more.
Some highlights of our participation include:
Donation of time and equipment to the Elk Mountain, Wyoming
Dawg Vice President Mike Pijanowski led an effort to help develop a recreational hockey program in Elk Mountain, Wyoming. On behalf of Dawg Nation, Mike delivered a trailer full of hockey equipment to this small Wyoming town. The delivery literally outfitted the entire youth population of Elk Mountain not only with used hockey equipment that was donated to the cause, but with big smiles and lots of laughter as well.
If you’d like to make a equipment donation please contact Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org. All equipment will go directly to those who need it most!
Ronald McDonald House
Under the leadership of Dawg Nation board member, Eddie Cribbs, Dawg Nation players and their families host a quarterly dinner for families staying at Denver’s Ronald McDonald house. This rewarding evening consists of donating, preparing and serving meals for up to fifty people. Everyone agrees the best part is having to the opportunity to meet and dine with the families of those facing difficult medical circumstances; their strength and positive outlook never ceases to inspire.
Metro State Hockey Club
Dawg Nation is a big supporter of the Metro State Hockey club. The team’s roots date back to our president’s (Martin Richardson) college days at Metro as the Dawg Father was instrumental in starting the the Roadrunner hockey program in the mid 80’s. The Roadrunners currently compete at the ACHC level and regularly produce nationally ranked teams. Many Metro players also play for Dawg Nation during the summer season, which ramps up our games with these young guns… come watch us sometime if you can.
The pond at the childhood home of Dawg Nation’s Martin Richardson has been the site of many, many wonderful hockey memories. Over the years, Graham and Ortrud Richardson have made their pond available to players of all ages and many local groups took advantage of the opportunity to enjoy the game of hockey in the crisp air of the Rocky Mountains. Dawg players and families provided the ice maintenance, activities, coaching tips and kept the hot chocolate warm!
Denver Santa Claus Shop
Led by long time Dawgs members Al Sterner and Jonathan Ripley, Dawg Nation hosted an annual Teddy Bear Toss during the Denver Cutthroats (CHL) tenure in Denver. The event consisted of tossing teddy bears on the ice after the home team’s first goal and brought in literally thousands of stuffed animals. The animals were gathered by the Dawgs and then donated to The Denver Santa Claus Shop. The furry toys eventually ended up in the hands of needy families during the holidays. The Santa Shop is a wonderful organization and one we’d like to continue helping for years to come.
Each year at our “Stand Up for Dawg Nation” comedy show we work alongside Colorado’s chapter of Rolling Thunder to recognize a true hero in our community. Rolling Thunder is a nonprofit organization dedicated to aiding those that have selflessly served our country. Please join us at our next Comedy Works night to cheer on our next real hero!
Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Project
SCI Recovery Project is nonprofit focusing on spinal cord injuries. We were made aware of this special organization when one of our recipients, Cody Beekman, began his rehab treatment at SCI. The amazing staff performs miracles on daily basis and we’ve been lucky to be included in couple of their fundraising events and plan to continue supporting them into the future.