The Laker women’s ice hockey team took a rest from practice and the books Dec. 8 to spread some holiday cheer with the greater Oswego community. They hosted “Take a Break with the Lakers,” and hundreds of fans of all ages attended to meet the players, participate in an open skate and sample refreshments.
According to Coach Diane Dillon, this was the first event of its kind for the women’s ice hockey team, now in their second season at Oswego State. The event took place on the weekend between the last day of classes and the start of finals week. Dillon said that last season the team had games scheduled during that weekend and it was tough on the players, so she decided to “Take a Break with the Lakers,” instead.
“It was just something I wanted to do as a way to give back to the community and have some fun for the holidays,” Dillon said.
Between 200 and 250 people attended for hot chocolate and cookies, holiday music and free skate rental.
“We were nearly out of skate rentals and we were certainly wiped out of hot chocolate,” said Dillon. “It was fun for everybody. We were thrilled by the turnout.”
Members of the community, campus administration and friends of the team attended the social, according to Dillon.
Also, a group of young skaters from Kingsford Elementary, where the women’s ice hockey team volunteers to help teach skating, were in attendance. The Lakers were more than happy to help out the young skaters, holding their hands while they skated, laughing and ensuring that they had a wonderful time.
Dillon said the team is hoping to establish “Take a Break” as an annual event. “We’re looking to do this again next year and hopefully it will grow,” she said. “It was a great start and a nice way to kick off the holidays.”
-Kristin Quinn ’08
Jenna Kirkwood '10 helps a young skater.
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