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Asset builder of the Month: Summit Bantam Hockey

Nuala Spainhower

My family has been involved with Summit Hockey since 1994. My husband and I have given a great many hours to support the association over the years. This past year has been particularly challenging for our family due to changes in our family dynamics.

It’s difficult for me to express the love, support and generosity I have experienced as a part of this group of people. I am usually on the giving side, not the receiving end of such love, support and generosity. When it became apparent that my son might not play hockey this past season due to family changes, the Summit Hockey Association board, coaches, parents and hockey families truly showed that we are all a team.

The following is a list of ways that “Our Team” built assets for my family and myself.

The actions listed also exemplify how any sports organization can build assets for families and players:

– Adopt a player’s family for Christmas.

– Give a player rides to practice.

– Invite a player to stay overnight before an early home game.

– Give a player rides to away games

– Include a player in your hotel stay.

– Include a player in your family’s weekend food and entertainment on away games.

– Buy a player skates so he can play on the team.

– Buy a player a hockey bag so he can play on the team.

– Invite younger siblings into the locker room and have them feel that it’s their team too.

– Other siblings taking care of younger siblings while parents are watching the game.

– Treat a player with respect.

– Give continuous acknowledgement for a job well done.

– Ask how things are going.

– Create an environment where a natural-born leader will excel.

– Asset building is not only for young people.

– Tell parents that they have done a great job with their sons/daughters.

– Ask if their son/daughter can stay with them even before the parent makes the request.

– Just listen.

– Be aware of family’s needs without being intrusive.

– The above is how all of us can build assets through sports.

I would personally like to thank the Kuhn family including Brian, Peter, Chris, Dennis and Dixie. The Kuhns’ love and unconditional support for my son has no boundaries.

I would also like to acknowledge Kim McGahey for being a dedicated team manager. His generosity, belief, and respect for my son has been wonderful.

What a great gift Summit Hockey has given my family.

With gratitude,

Nuala Spainhower

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