On Saturday in Lancaster, PA, an enthusiastic Roy Macariola helped Outreach International raise $1,700 through a hockey game between a men’s D-League team and a 13- and 14-year-old boys’ team.
Roy is the coach of the Men’s team, but has also coached the boy’s team in the past. Roy and his son, Cameron, who plays on the boys’ team, had argued for years about which team would win if they were to play each other. And on Saturday, they finally got their chance to prove to each other which team was best.
The boys were delighted to find out they had a celebrity guest as their coach for the evening. Joe Watson, a professional hockey player who won the Stanley Cup with the Philadelphia Flyers two years in a row during the 70s, came in to help out.
“As much as it kills me to say, the boys’ team is better,” said Roy.
Maybe it was adrenaline, or maybe it was Joe Watson’s coaching, but the boys played their hearts out that night and beat the men’s team 2-0.
Roy said their “youthful speed and relentlessness” won the game. “As much as it kills me to say, the boys’ team is better,” said Roy. “They were fired up in the locker room prior to the game. It was nice to see them so happy – smiling, laughing, hugging and giving each other high fives after the game.”
Roy couldn’t be upset about the loss because he was so proud of Cameron. “It was very gratifying to see the boys win that game and to have that experience,” he said.
After the teams played, Roy held a silent auction with all proceeds going to Outreach International. “Everyone had a blast,” he said. “I only wish we could’ve raised more for you guys.”
We are so grateful to Roy and all the dedicated supporters with HUGE hearts.
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