Hockey in Your Community: Donkeys Kick Cancer

Playing for Hospice at Skate Fredrick


Your Friends in Cold Places (FiCP) team turned their car toward Fredrick, Maryland Saturday for a charity match to benefit the Klein House. Klein House, in Mount Airy, MD provides services to the terminally ill during their final days. It brings comfort and peace of mind to the entire family as they come to terms with their circumstances.

The Klein House holds a special place with the Fredrick Skate home team, the Navy Donkeys. Colleen, wife of team captain Jason Sedgwick, lost her life to cancer in October 2014. On Saturday, January 2nd, The Hockey Donkeys of Skate Frederick sponsored its first adult tournament called “Donkeys Kick Cancer” featuring men’s teams from around the area to raise funds in support of Kline Hospice, who was there for the Sedgwick family.

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The Hockey Donkeys are based in Frederick, Maryland. The tournament brought out some of the area’s best players to compete while bringing awareness to the needs those who struggle with the devastation of family members with terminal illness. We found that the Donkeys are so much more than a group of hockey players hanging out and drinking beer. They are a group of men, women, and their families who are there to support one another through the difficult moments in their lives. They surrounded the Sedgwick family at their time of need and are there for others in need of assistance.

Team member Wendy Hockey showed FiCP around and introduced us to members of the league. It was clear how excited they were to host this first event. On a beautiful warm Saturday, players from as far away as New Jersey came together for a common cause. The Navy Donkey’s hosted a raffle to raise funds in addition to selling merchandise.

raffle tableThe end result? They raised $3,000 which will be donated to the Klein House to help other families in need. The Donkeys show what it means to be part of a local hockey community that not only has fun but has a commitment to charity. They will host another event next year with the hopes of raising even more funds for a select charity.

Well Done!

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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