From hockey sticks to hammers, and pucks to paintbrushes, the Mississippi Surge is hitting the streets in the name of community service. Colleen McAdams, Director of Marketing and Communications for United Way, says, “Today, the United Way of South Mississippi is having the Surge participate in the bi-annual Day of Caring.” Mike Looby, a Surge player, says, “It’s always a pleasure you know, getting out in the community. These are the people that come to our games, so any way that we can help out is good.” The hockey players did everything from repairing a fence, to rebuilding a skateboard ramp, and even a little gardening at the Youth for Christ Teen Center in downtown Gulfport. Brad Holt, the Executive Director of the Youth for Christ Teen Center, says, “We've partnered with the Surge in the past and brought 400 students to their hockey games. We've also partnered with the United Way.” The Surge will be playing in Lafayette during the Day of Caring, but they will be donating over 100 tickets to all of the volunteers who come out and care.
Justin McDonald, another Surge player, says, “We just want to give back to the community. A lot of the people come out and support our team when we have home games and what not.” John Kelley, the Chief Administrative Officer of Gulfport, says, “The Gulf Coast of South Mississippi love sports and they love hockey. Quite frankly it’s a natural for them, and a natural for the United Way.” Nicholas Kuqali, a Surge player, says, “It's important to understand what it means to give your time and your labor for just the goodness of the community. We know people benefit from this facility, specifically young people.” McAdams also states, “It’s just great to see this awesome hockey team who brings so much excitement to the Coast, also giving back to the community.”