Phantoms Build for New Season On and Off the Ice
Thursday September 13, 2012
Youngstown Phantoms players, coaches, and staff helped build a house with Habitat for Humanity as part of local community initiative. (photo courtesy of the Youngstown Phantoms)
Team picks up hammers instead of hockey sticks for Habitat for Humanity
The USHL season has yet to begin the Youngstown Phantoms are not only building a hockey team, they were doing some building away from the rink as well.
The team participated in the United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley’s Day of Caring last Friday. All volunteers for the community event met at the Covelli Centre, home of the Phantoms, for a kick-off breakfast to start the day. From there, the Phantoms and other local participants went to work on projects throughout the city and greater Youngstown area.
It was off to nearby Boardman, Ohio for the Phantoms as players, coaches, and staff lent their manpower to Habitat for Humanity, building a new home for the Skerritt family – a single mother and her five children. The hockey team rolled up their sleeves and worked from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM, helping to build the foundation and floor of the new home. Work continued with framework for the walls and for the home’s garage.
While the entire house wasn’t built in one day, the Phantoms are coordinating their schedules to make return visits to the site and continue their work with Habitat for Humanity. The team also plans to welcome the Skerritt family sometime this season for a game at the Covelli Centre.
For more photos of the Phantoms day of house building, visit the team’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/youngstownphantoms
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