Northwest CT Youth Hockey Icehawks
This falls someplace between news and opinion. Many times, in any business, people knock on the door that are not about "business." Some are not customers and have no intent of supporting local businesses. Some do. Some are trying to do something good, some are simply trying to do. Some don't know why they're even asking and most are just canvassing. This is by NO means a judgement, or intended as negative in ANY way, it just points out to some people that a lot of this happens every day and they may not see it at their own job. We try to support and contribute to all of those we can and certainly those who choose to support us in return. We had a visit from a young man yesterday. He had stopped by a couple weeks prior requesting that we help him, and his hockey league, support Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is an autism advocacy organization in the United States that sponsors autism research and conducts awareness and outreach activities aimed at families, governments, and the public. Our donation was nominal and likely what someone had in their pocket when he stopped by to ask. It was not a "corporate process" anyway. With the help of his organization, Northwestern Connecticut Youth Hockey Icehawks (which may be one of the longest names in youth sports history) and the participation of local friends and family, this young man was able to raise $482 for a wonderful cause via their Skate-A-Thon. Yesterday, though, he not only stopped back in to let us know how the fund raiser went, and bring us a flyer to share amongst our company, but to say "THANK YOU" for being a part of their efforts. He took the time to come back after it was over, proud of the efforts he had made and to let us know that we had been a part of something. His flyer invited us to come to a game and see him skate and brought a link to the team website so that we could pick a game to go to when we had the chance. This young man did it all right. He had the hustle to go out and ask people to help. He followed up with results. He demonstrated character, work ethic, charity, heart and sincerity. In a world full of news that shows mostly the negatives and everything wrong with society, it's important to find these positive moments, and share them. Most people post when their company makes a 6 figure donation. This blog is not about Madstar Mobile at all, we were simply a small cog in the moving gears. This blog is about a young athlete, doing all of the right things and receiving just a taste of notoriety for doing what people sometimes forget to do. He came back, told us how it went and said "THANK YOU" in person, as well as in writing. There are good kids out there, worthy of your time and support. There are great parents out there, teaching these kids right. This gesture by a young man is a bright light of optimism in any community and deserves some recognition. The headlines are about debates and people fighting over the future of their community and all of the "big picture" issues. This is equally important to take the time to share. If you want to support his first game, it is at the Gunnery School in Washington, CT coming up this Sunday, and it's at 1:30. Cheer for our friend Jarrett, the center for the Icehawks who is #5 in your program and #1 as far as the people in THIS company are concerned. Go get 'em, Jarrett. Thank you for giving us so much in this gesture. You're an all-star ... lead the way.