Ontario Reign Gives Back, Again!
On Saturday, Dec. 10, the Reign joined forces with a couple of corporate sponsors to do just that; give back.
By MaryRone Shell & Michelle Cardona
Progressive Energy Solutions – a company based out in Yucaipa, sponsored a teddy bear toss which benefited the nonprofit organization Toys for Tots.
“When I first had my two little girls who are now six and eight years old, I started to understand how important things like this are and how nice it is to help out children who just aren’t quite as fortunate,” said David Hines, owner and CEO of Progressive Energy Solutions.
After the Reign scored its first goal, thousands of fans threw a multitude of stuffed animals onto the ice and Hines was just thrilled that he could be a part of this occassion.
Progressive Energy Solutions, as the name would imply, is a company which utilizes energy management systems and green technology such as solar power to help their clients reduce their utility bills.
But the giving didn’t end with the teddy bear toss.
After the Reign scored an impressive 5-2 victory against the Las Vegas Wranglers, they took part in a jersey auction which benefitted Icetown’s newest youth sled hockey team.
As opposed to typical ice hockey, sled hockey is a way for those especially with disabilities to take part in the sport but on sleds rather than skates.
The Inland Empire 66ers baseball team, based here in San Bernardino decided to get involved with this particular charity.
“Over the summer, I met [Ontario Reign] President Justin Kemp over at our stadium and I was very caught off guard that there was no hockey league for disabled children,” said Byron Marquez, president of business relations at the Inland Empire 66ers.
Gear for this sport can be quite costly as sleds can run as much as $800.
And the need and desire for young players with disabilities in this community to participate in this sport had only been met with a general lack of support in the past.
Marquez said he used the spirit of giving he was instilled with to help out in every way he knew how once he learned of this need.
“I was always taught don’t forget where you came from and always give back to your community no matter what; even financially,” said Marquez.
Marquez wasn’t alone in this sentiment.
“I love giving,” said #39 left wing, Matt Tassone. “I’d rather give gifts than receive them.”
There’s plenty of different ways for you, too, to get involved and get in that spirit of giving.
For game day information, or more on the various promotions and charities the Ontario Reign is involved with, visit their website at www.ontarioreign.com
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Click here to view a video from that night.