The crisp fall feeling air is a sure sign that hocky season isn't far off in Muskegon, and if you've been down to the LC Walker Arena lately, you'll see too, the ice is down and the Muskegon Lumberjacks are gearing up for the 2017-18 season! It's an exciting time for the town as some of the favorites from last year return and a few new faces from all over the world make their way to the shores of Lake Michigan to be part of a team whos number one goal is to be "The best junior hockey team in the world." It's a commitment we hear daily at the arena from the very top down and it's on every level. From the play on the ice to the fan experience and the community involvement, being the best is what's asked.
The community involvement is deep too. Being with the Jacks for a number of years, I have personally seen the level of engagement continue to go up through programs like the Jacks Reading Caravan. The Jacks offer incentives to kids all over Muskegon County to encourage reading. In turn for their commitment to reading, prizes and tickets are had! The also host the annual education day game and help with the cost of busing the students to the game. The head to assisted living centers to spend time with residents as well. It's pretty touching to see some exercising done and some games played between a bunch of hockey hopefuls and some senior's who certainly enjoy the company.
You can help all this, and what's being asked? Well, how bout 18 holes of golf at the Muskegon Country Club? If they added in breakfast, lunch and dinner would it help? How about prizes, raffles, meet and greets with players and staff? It's going to be a great day for a great cause. I caught up with John Vanbiesbrouck, who we all affectionately call "Beezer" at the rink to talk about the upcoming season and the Jacks Classic.... take a listen.
A great time for a great cause! The link to get in the game is below!! Join the Jacks for a great day on the links and know that your part of the team and community. Hey, if nothing else...it's a day out of work and on the course!