RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Rams boys’ ice hockey team participated in a hockey equipment drive on Sunday, Oct. 21. Team captains – Will Zimmer, Adam Redgate and Jake Flood – helped organize the team, and delivered equipment to the non-for-profit organization, Hockey in New Jersey (HNJ).
The team gathered at Level up, one of the designated drop-off facilities for HNJ. Level Up, an athletic training facility, opened up that morning to support the program and the hockey team by accepting and storing the donated gear. Level Up is familiar to many Randolph hockey players since several exercise there in the off-season.
Assistant Captain, Adam Redgate, commented, “I was happy that our team was able to come together to help out for such a worthwhile cause. Hockey has given me a sense of camaraderie , community, and friendship throughout my life. It was a good feeling to be able donate my old equipment to give others the opportunity to play ice hockey and perhaps have a similar experience.”
The procession of players arriving started at 10 a.m.. One by one, players started showing up ready to share their used equipment with others - skates, sticks, pads, socks, shells, and other much needed gear.
Senior Dylan Quinn said, "I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to give back to a sport that has brought me so many great memories, and has given me the chance to meet some amazing people. I hope that my donations will give others the ability to have the experiences that I have been fortunate enough to have."
At least 20 of the RHS hockey players turned up at the facility to drop off needed donations to help the HNJ program outfit players. HNJ provides the opportunity for children to learn and play ice hockey absolutely free of cost.
Sophomore Ben Redgate thought, “Because we have three guys that play hockey in my family, I know first-hand how expensive the sport can be. I was happy to give our used equipment to others to give kids the opportunity that I had to play a sport that I have enjoyed playing since I was six years old.”
The RAMS kick off their 2017-18 season with a varsity game against long time rival, Roxbury on Nov. 27 at 6:30 at the Mennen Arena in Morris Plains.
Founded in 2003, Hockey in New Jersey (HNJ) inspires youth to develop life skills, succeed academically and create positive relationships through the sport of hockey. Mike Liu, Program Manager at HNJ, helped the RAMS organize their equipment drive. Mike Liu is no stranger to the sport. Mike was part of the 2003 RHS ice hockey team that will be inducted this April 15 into the New Jersey High School Hall of Fame. They were the Public School State champions in 2003 posting a record of 24-6. This was the first NJ State hockey championship for Randolph, the first of many more to come.
For more information about Hockey in NJ, visit their website at http://www.hockeyinnj.com.