ROXBURY, NJ — In need of money, the Roxbury High School ice hockey team is hosting its bi-annual shredding event.
The event will take place Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Eisenhower Middle School
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 Roxbury High School Ice Hockey Booster Association board.
“In order to practice social distancing, residents can remain in their cars and a player will come to the window for a donation while other players will unload the paper to be shredded and place it directly into a secure container to be deposited right into the on-site shredding truck,” said board member Andrea Jenkins.
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,” said board member Amy DeAngelus.
It needs to be, because hockey is one of the most expensive sports to play. Costs paid by the club include 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. It’s estimated 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 offset that cost.
“It’s a fun event,” said Roxbury hockey’s team captain, Kyle Jenkins. “It’s great to see our community come out to support the team.”