Ithaca, NY - Over 4,200 fans made their way to Lynah Rink, on the campus of Cornell University, for The Inaugural Camp Good Days Courage Classic. The Colgate and Cornell Men's Hockey Teams each were given three Camp Good Days campers as Honorary Coaches for the event, and they had the experience of a lifetime.
As an Honorary Coach for the event, each of the participants attended a practice for their respective teams, where they were given jerseys, signed by every player on the team, officially welcoming them to the team. Cornell's Honorary Coaches were given a locker room tour on the day of their practice, while the Colgate Coaches were allowed on the bench for a portion of practice. After practice wrapped up, the Honorary Coaches dined with some players from each team.
"Many of our campers would never have the chance to play a sport in college," said Camp Good Days' Chairman and Founder, Gary Mervis. "Having them be a part of an annual game with such rich tradition and rivalry in college hockey is truly a blessing for our campers," Mervis added.
On game day, the campers were treated to a pizza party, and then taken through the tunnel to the Cornell bench, where they would take part in a special pre-game ceremony. Each Honorary Coach met up with a captain from each team, and was escorted to center-ice for a ceremonial puck drop. After, each team skated by, high fived, and showed their respects to our campers.
Our thanks go out to both the Colgate University and Cornell University Hockey Teams and Athletic Departments for allowing our campers to be a part of this night.
The Honorary Coaches for Colgate University were 16-year-old Jordan Humphrey, 11-year-old Noah Martin, and 12-year-old Camdyn Cross. The Honorary Coaches for Cornell University were 7-year-old Colin Hayward Toland, 14-year-old Lauren Miller, and 19-year-old Abby Sharpless.
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