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The Adirondack Thunder partnered with the Tri-County United Way on their annual coat drive during the month of November, where the Thunder donated over 350 coats to the Washington County Economic Opportunity Council and the Moreau Community Center. The Thunder also partnered with the TCUW to visit the Glens Falls Senior Center, where Thunder players helped with the preparation to install a new fence. The Thunder will help raise awareness for United Way at home games and events in the community. Don’t be surprised to see United Way representatives inside the Civic Center, either generating awareness, or supporting their favorite hockey team!
Good Move Program
Good Move is a program of the Health Promotion Center of Glens Falls Hospital and is partially funded by the New York State Department of Health. Good Move is centered around physical activity and healthy eating which are two big things that must be prominent in a Thunder player’s life if he wants to be successful on the ice. The Thunder run the "Good Move Of The Game" at all 36 home games to promote healthy living, physical activity and proper eating in kids. The youth of the Glens Falls area can expect to see Thunder players and staff at their schools advocating for a healthy lifestyle and the Good Move of the Game will show ticket holders how fun and easy it is to be active in their every day life.
Double H Ranch
The Double H Ranch in Lake Luzerne, NY, co-founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman, provides a Summer Residential Camp, an Adaptive Winter Sports Program and spring and fall Family Programming to children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. Each session lasts 6 days and accommodates approximately 126 campers with a camper to staff ratio of 2:1. Their fully equipped medical facility is staffed 24 hours a day by onsite doctors and nurses and provides a safe environment for all the campers and stuff.
The Double H Ranch summer residential Camp serves children dealing with a life-threatening illness ages 6 – 16 and their families in need. These are children whose condition precludes their attendance at other camps. The Adaptive Winter Sports Program serves children dealing with chronic and life-threatening illnesses ages 6-16 and their families. During the spring and fall our weekends are fully booked with Family Programming, providing physical and emotional support to children and their families.
The Thunder will help the Double H Ranch through fundraising and by getting involved with the campers at the ranch itself. The campers will see the players and staff of the Thunder at the ranch at times throughout the winter for skiing and fun in the snow. Double H Ranch will also host a fundraising event at the Civic Center sometime this winter to support their efforts.
The Adirondack Flames completed, in partnership with the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC) Leadership Group, a campaign to benefit the renovation of Amanda’s House at Glens Falls Hospital, a relationship continued during the 2015-16 season with the Thunder.
The campaign to fund the Amanda’s House Campaign was launched on January 9, when the Flames hosted the Oklahoma City Barons, and came to a close on Saturday, February 7, when the Flames took on the Utica Comets. The Flames raised a total of $5,921 in cash and furniture donations over their 30-day campaign. The contributions from the Flames made up over forty percent of the Leadership Group’s total goal of $25,000.
Reduce the number of persons killed or injured in alcohol and other drug-related traffic crashes
To promote DWI prevention as a public priority
Coordinate local efforts in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Probation, Rehabilitation, Public Information, Education, and Administration.
STOP-DWI stands for “Special Traffic Options Program for Driving While Intoxicated”.
The STOP-DWI Program was created by the State Legislature in 1981
Empowers counties to coordinate local efforts to reduce alcohol and other drug related traffic crashes.
The Program functions as a financially self-sustaining alcohol and highway safety program.
STOP-DWI efforts are funded entirely from fines paid by convicted drunken drivers, no tax dollars are used.
Best in Country
New York State is recognized nationally as a leader in traffic safety and in particular for continual progress in reducing alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes and fatalities.
New York’s STOP-DWI program is the Nations’ first and, to date, only self-sustaining impaired driving program. Other States have implemented components of self-sufficiency, but none to the degree of New York State.
The Open Door Soup Kitchen
The Open Door is a Christian non-profit ministry outreach of Servants of the Word, Inc. and is dedicated to serving the hunger needs of our Greater Glens Falls community without regard to race, color, creed or sexual orientation.
The mission of the Open Door is accomplished largely through the provision of nutritious meals served in a friendly and welcoming environment that includes encouragement for daily living, health screening and ongoing support for those in various community based treatment and support programs.
The Open Door began operation in 1991 by serving one meal a week. Since its inception the program has expanded the meal offerings to six days and includes distribution of bagged lunches to area children at risk as well as gleaned food and household necessities to individuals, families and other helping agencies within the Greater Glens Falls Community.
For more than twenty years the Open Door has achieved its mission through the generous financial and volunteer support of the community. Many area churches and other volunteers provide daily on-site support in meal preparation, serving and clean up.
The Thunder aim to help add to this tradition by holding a canned food drive during the season to benefit the Open Door's efforts. If fans bring a canned food item to either of these games, they will be given a silver flex voucher good for a free ticket to any future Thunder game this season. The players and staff of the Thunder are looking to help the Open Door this fall by volunteering at the soup kitchen itself. The Thunder look forward to working directly with those in need in our community.
Big Brothers / Big Sisters Program
The Adirondack Thunder and Big Brothers / Big Sisters partnered on a four-appeararnce program this season, which saw players visit four different programs under the BBBS Umbrella. Players spoke about the bonds of friendship and team building through structured activities and participated in activities with the bigs and littles, which was a fun and enjoyable experience for both sides. The Thunder will continue the relationship in 2016-17, emphasizing interacting their players with local youths!