As part of a recent day in the community for the 38 prospects attending the Coyotes’ development camp, four athletes — Victor Soderstrom, Barrett Hayton, John Farinacci and Brayden Burke — spent an afternoon serving lunch at the Scottsdale Fire Department.
Their cooking skills were put to the test as they prepared a delectable entree and dessert for a number of police officers and firefighters prior to Coyotes President and CEO Ahron Cohen’s check presentation to the 100 Club of Arizona.
Coupled with the players’ day of community service was a $50,000 donation made to the 100 Club of Arizona, the latest step in a continually growing relationship to benefit the men and women that serve the state of Arizona.
“It’s such a wonderful organization, they do so many great things for our community and any little bit that we can do to help we’re very proud to participate in,” Cohen said of the Coyotes’ partnership with the 100 Club of Arizona. “They honor so many great men and women who serve our state here, and it’s just wonderful to participate.”
Community service in itself is a huge aspect of development camp, when an entire day is devoted to the players helping out at local institutions.
“It’s a core pillar for everything that we do, we want to positively impact our community and make a big difference and establish this for the young guys too,” Cohen said. “When they’re joining our club, we want to show them what it means to be a Coyote, and part of that is about making a significant impact in our community.”
Angela Harrolle, the president and CEO of the 100 Club Arizona, knows more than anyone how far a donation can go, and what it can do to have a positive impact on the first responders her nonprofit organizations serves.
“The support from the Coyotes Foundation is really, really important to us because we can only do what we do every day because of donations like this,” Harrolle said. “We can only give away what we get in, so when we have wonderful teams like the Coyotes come in and say, ‘Hey, we want to support the 100 Club of Arizona,’ we’re thrilled because it helps people to know that there is an organization like ours giving back to police officers, firefighters, correction officers, so that they know they’re supported on many different levels.”
Scottsdale’s fire chief, Tom Shannon, was able to find some time to enjoy the company of the Coyotes prospects, have a nice meal and reflect on the day’s donation.
“We really appreciate it. I know that their gift today was to the 100 Club of Arizona, but our folks benefit directly from that gift,” he said. “We’re direct benefactors to everything that the 100 Club of Arizona does, whether it’s line of duty issues, injury on the line of duty, or sadly some of the illnesses and afflictions that will impact first responders.”
Scottsdale’s chief of police, Alan Rodbell, shared a few feelings in regard to the day’s events as well.
“It’s a wonderful thing to have that support from an organization like the Coyotes,” he said. “It’s very critical because this is a private nonprofit. They rely on donations and support, and what the Coyotes have done as an organization is very, very special, and we very much appreciate it, and the continued support is awesome.”
Along with the day’s festivities at the Scottsdale Fire Department, Coyotes prospects from development camp also gave back with community service at HopeKids, Phoenix Rescue Mission, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, Tempe Fire Department, Gila River Community, Boys & Girls Club of the East Valley, and the Arizona Science Center.