On Sunday, Nov. 14, Oakland’s finest and bravest will face off for charity at the third annual Guns N’ Hoses ice hockey game at the Oakland Ice Center (OIC). Members of the Oakland Police and Fire Departments will compete this year for the benefit of the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) to support their new sled hockey program for children and adults with physical disabilities.
“We just keep looking for more ways to help our local kids,” said Jim Halpin, an Oakland firefighter who is one of the event’s organizers. “Raising money for BORP’s new sled hockey program reaches out to a whole new community of children who wouldn’t otherwise have access to the ice.”
The game is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. on the NHL ice at the OIC. S.J. Sharkie and San Jose Sharks players Logan Couture
and John McCarthy are also expected to be on hand to greet spectators and cheer on the teams. After the game, the players will present a trophy to the winning team, take pictures with both teams, sign autographs for those in attendance and join them for a fun family skate to round out the afternoon. A silent auction featuring Sharks memorabilia will be held throughout the competition.
“One of the biggest challenges in ensuring that sports are accessible to the physically disabled community is that each activity requires pricey and sport-specific equipment,” said Trooper Johnson, a former Paralympic basketball player and Youth Sports Program Coordinator for BORP. “Equipping a sled hockey team and providing the transportation necessary to get the players to and from practices and games represents a significant expense that goes beyond what most families can afford.”
The Bay Area Outreach & Recreation Program is a non-profit organization working to improve the health, independence and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness and recreation programs. Established in 1976, BORP offers recreational and competitive sports activities for children and adults with physical disabilities, and provides financial assistance to low-income participants.
Tickets and t-shirts are available for sale online at www.oaklandice.com, with pick up at the game. Donations may also be made through the Oakland Ice Center website, or by contacting Trooper Johnson at email@example.com.
For more information about this event, please contact Melissa Fitzgerald, General Manager of the Oakland Ice Center Operated by Sharks Ice, at 510-268-9000 x104 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice
Sharks Ice at Oakland is the latest ice facility to be operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The facility, completed in 1995, contains one NHL-sized ice surface and one Olympic sized ice surface and accommodates ice hockey, figure skating, broomball, curling, speed skating, ice dancing, as well as public skating. Sharks Ice at Oakland, along with Sharks Ice at San Jose and Sharks Ice at Fremont currently holds the largest number of Adult USA Hockey participants of any facility in the nation. The facility features an in-house pro shop, large meeting and party spaces, and a full service snack bar to serve patrons of all ages. Sharks Ice at Oakland is located at 519 18th St. in Oakland, California. For more information, visit www.oaklandice.com.