By Colin Foster
TROY — The Troy High School hockey team believes in assisting both on and off the ice.
That’s why members of the team and coach Phill Noll gathered together Wednesday afternoon before practice and delivered a handful of boxes filled with non-perishable food items to the First Place Food Pantry.
It’s a yearly tradition for the Troy hockey team, and their captains agreed — giving back to the community is something they enjoy doing.
“It feels really good being able to support the community. We get more fans, they come bring us food and we bring it here,” said senior captain goalie Eric Wright, who recently set the school record for career shutouts at Troy.
“I’m for whatever can help the community; I’m playing for the hockey team, I’m going to school here — it just feels good to help out here in Troy,” said fellow captain Jake Uhlenbrock who is from Piqua.
On Dec. 22, $2 was knocked off the price of admission for the Troy hockey game. In turn, the Troy Athletic Boosters and high school take care of the difference, helping make the project possible.
“I’d like to thank Troy High School for paying for the extra $2, for taking that off and allowing us to help the community,” said Drew Morgan, another team captain. “It’s nice to give back.”
First Place Food Pantry director Donna Wilkerson is a huge hockey fan herself and her sons played hockey for Troy in the past. Wilkerson said she was very thankful for what the Troy hockey team contributed to the pantry — along the support they have received from the rest of the community.
“It’s very meaningful to us, because that means the community knows we’re here and that means the community cares,” Wilkerson said. “Almost every school has given something to the food pantry this year … so that means the community knows, and they are wanting to help. It means they’re wanting to help feed people that need fed, and that’s a big thing for us.”
The assisting for the Troy hockey team doesn’t stop there. Coach Noll said he plans on taking the team out to the animal shelter to help out in the near future.
“The boys are going to go out and purchase items for the animal shelter. They are going to go out and clean cages, they’re going to be walking animals, just anything they need done,” he said. “Whatever they need, we’re going to donate our time.”
For now, though, the Trojans are just happy to have assisted with a winning cause.
“This is a good win for us off the ice,” Noll said.
Colin Foster may be reached at 937-440-5208 or on Twitter @colinfosterbg