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Gila Ridge baseball receives ‘Thank You’ from Humboldt Strong Charitable Foundation

The Gila Ridge High School baseball team recently received a “Thank you” card in the mail from the Humboldt Strong Charitable Foundation for their efforts to help raise funds for the Humboldt Broncos Hockey team in 2018.

The Broncos, who play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, tragically lost 15 members of their team in a traffic accident as the bus they were riding in collided with another vehicle. The story of the accident made its way to Hawks Head Coach James Kuzniak when one of his players, Taylor Dicori, approached him with the idea to fundraise on the team’s behalf.

“Taylor was a senior member of our baseball team, but growing up he always played roller hockey,” said Kuzniak. “When this tragic event happened, he was one of the first to approach me with the idea of helping these families in whatever small way we could.”

The Hawks players, along with the support of their Homeplate Booster Club, decided to donate all the proceeds from their concession stand sales to the Humboldt Broncos.

“We wanted to help out how ever we could. We had a very successful day, receiving $160 in profits and donations,” said Kuzniak. “It wasn’t as much about the money as it was showing support to the Broncos and the entire town of Humboldt.”

Earlier this week the Homeplate Booster Club received a “Thank You” card in the mail from the Humboldt Strong Charitable Foundation, thanking the team for their contributions and stating the many different ways the funds raised have helped, including the establishment of a scholarship for surviving players, STARS Ambulance Service, a Ronald McDonald House in Saskatoon, the Humboldt Broncos Hockey team, and the City of Humboldt to develop a memorial to the players.

“This was an opportunity to teach the team an important lesson about coming together, no matter where we live or what sport we play, and helping those in need,” said Kuzniak. “And I couldn’t be any more proud of them for wanting to do the right thing.”

Eric Patten
epatten@yumaunion.org