Zach Anzelmo is the assistant captain of the Buffalo Grove/Wheeling/Hersey high school hockey team, but he also achieves goals off the ice.
Citing a desire to give back to the community, the senior organized a series of events in October to help raise money for the Breast Cancer Society.
Players used pink tape on their hockey sticks and their socks throughout October in conjunction with Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They also sold refreshments and organized a split-the-pot activity to raise money for the Breast Cancer Society. As of last week, the team had raised $271.
“I really believe we are making an impact with our fans,” Anzelmo said.
Anzelmo also organized a food drive to benefit the food pantry. Donations will be accepted at the team’s practices and games through Nov. 12.
“Our team is really stepping up this year to help the community and I am proud of them,” he said.
Anzelmo said the efforts were a first for the hockey team.
“Last year I did a food drive for the [Buffalo Grove] boys baseball teams and I just thought I should bring some sort of community service opportunity to my hockey team, as well,” he said. “Since I am a senior this year, I am hoping that my teammates see what I am doing and continue after I leave.”
For a schedule of upcoming games and events, visit www.bghwhockey.com.