Tomorrow is the day. The Amateur Hockey Association of Illinois, Incorporated, otherwise known in the hockey world as AHAI, is announcing the Eleventh Annual District 203/204 Shootout for Cancer. This event will attract hockey lovers all over. It will begin promptly at 8:00 and go until 10:30 p.m. at Seven Bridges Ice Arena, located at 6690 Illinois 53 in Woodridge, Illinois.
The hockey game will be a charity exhibition game that will feature high school players from District 203 against players from District 204. District 203 includes Naperville North and Naperville Central where District 204 includes Neuqua Valley and Waubonsie Valley. The Naper Valley Warriors Girls Hockey Team and the Tomahawks will also get in on the action.
These Naperville high schools currently belong to the Metro West League of AHAI. Other teams in the League consist of Bartlett/Wheaton/West Chicago, Sandburg, York, Hinsdale Central, OPRF, Marist, Lincolnway and Hinsdale South.
The event was created by Neuqua Valley as a fundraiser to help Brian Kenney ward off testicular cancer when he was a 16-year-old Junior in 2003. For more than a decade, the event has survived and thrived. Cancer has now been deemed the disease that kills more people annually than even AIDS does. It has reached epic proportions, so the hockey players in Naperville use this event as a constant reminder that without outside help cancer will continue its reign.
Admission is FREE for the public but donations will be gladly accepted. All proceeds collected will go to benefit the DuPage Chapter of the American Cancer Society (DCACS). DCACS will use the funds to help fund cancer research at Illinois Medical Centers while providing support for cancer patients living right in the Naperville community. If you are unable to attend, there is a method for you to be able to donate online at: www.main.acsevents.org/goto/shootoutforcancerdist203.
In addition to the hockey game, the evening will have raffles to participate in besides a luminaria ceremony that will honor cancer victims and those that have fortunately survived the disease.
Looking for some competitive hockey? Look no further! This night you will not only see some great hockey, but will witness some really rough guys put some blood, sweat and tears into the game; combining as one to sacrifice their off-time to commit to helping others that are unable to help themselves.
A big thank you goes out to the players, their parents, the coaches, the referees and the hockey arena operators. Let’s hope that the event is as successful as previous years; since its inception, the Shootout for Cancer has generated more than $200,000 that has been donated to the DCACC.
Great job guys! Keep up the stupendous charity work! The hockey world is proud of you!