ROXBURY, NJ – Pleased about the success of their yearly paper shredding fundraiser, the Roxbury High School ice hockey team is hosting the event again on Saturday, October 24th, from 10am to 1pm at Eisenhower Middle School to bring in some much-needed fundraising.
The paper shredding drive helps the team offset the high costs of playing hockey and allows local residents to clear the clutter in their houses for the price of a donation to the team’s booster club.
“We love running this fundraiser because it’s a benefit to the residents, allowing them to support the Ice Hockey program while clearing space in their homes,” said Stephanie Kooyenga, who is on the RHSIHBA board.
“In order to practice social distancing, residents can remain in their cars and a player will come to the window for a donation; the other players will unload all the shredding and place it directly into a secure container to be deposited right into the on-site shredding truck,” stated Andrea Jenkins, who is also a board member. All players on the team turn out to help with this event. This year, the shifts will be smaller and limited to five players, in order to safely social distance. All players will be wearing masks and gloves.
“This event has been very successful,” Amy DeAngelus, another board member, said of the fundraiser. It needs to be, because hockey is one of the most expensive sports to play. Between equipment, ice time, the two scholarships the booster club provides, team bonding events like the game at Princeton the athletes attend yearly and additional coaching costs are some of the bills that need to be paid by the club. It’s estimated that the club needs to come up with about $20,000 a year, and the paper shredding fundraiser is just one method the boosters use to try to offset that cost.
“It’s a fun event,” Roxbury hockey’s team captain Kyle Jenkins said. “It’s great to see our community come out to support the team.”