Hockey, charity continue at ‘Dawg Pond’ in Indian Hills
Dear friends and neighbors:
I am the president of Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation, a 501(3)c founded in 2011 by a group of local adult hockey players looking to give back by helping those in need. Our first year blew away all expectations, as we pulled in more than $90,000 and, more importantly, were able to aid seven individuals suffering from illness or injury.
As part of our organization, we have a little pond in Indian Hills where we have been skating for more than 30 years. We make minor upgrades every so often, and this year has been our best ice ever. I know many of your readers know the “Dawg Pond” because of the numerous honks and cheers from the passing motorists every time we lace ‘em up.
Here’s the sad part. This year, a local resident filed a complaint about the pond and actually tried to shut it down this winter. Upon reviewing the complaint with the county, it was very obvious that complaint was an attempt at retribution by a sad person to stop something that is good.
Luckily, common sense prevailed, and we’re continuing our longstanding hockey tradition in Indian Hills. As part of our community outreach, our unselfish group continues to host kids of all ages, and specifically 6- and 7-year-old boys and girls who are getting their first taste of pond hockey. The smiles are infectious, and one of the little fellas recently summed it up best when he said: “This is way better than real hockey.”
So next time you drive by and see us out there, give a honk, give a cheer, and support those who “Play Hard, Play Fair and Give Back!”
Marty “The Dawg Father” Richardson
Poms deserved mention in top 10 stories
We were disappointed at your oversight of the Evergreen High School Pom/Dance Squad in your recent recap of the top sports stories of 2011. As you may know, last February the Evergreen Poms finished fifth in the nation at the 2011 Universal Dance Association dance team national championship in Orlando, Fla., competing among nearly 300 other schools from across the U.S.
During the summer, Evergreen Poms came in first place at its camp qualifying competition, allowing the team to compete at the national competition again next month. During the fall 2011 season, Evergreen Poms placed first in the hip-hop category at Elitch’s Spirit competition and won the overall grand championship, first place in hip-hop at the regional competitions, and carried home a 2011 Division 4A state championship in the pom competition.
The Evergreen Poms are among the hardest working and most dedicated student athletes in Jefferson County. Beginning in June each year, the girls practice a minimum of four hours a day, five days a week. Their only break from this schedule comes in July; each August they resume a practice schedule of three hours a day, five days a week. To accomplish what the team did in 2011 took easily more than 1,500 hours of hard work, dedication and practice.
In addition to their hard work in practice and outstanding results in competition, the Evergreen Poms are very active in the community — both as a squad and in their individual volunteer efforts. We commend them for their excellence and commitment to proudly represent Evergreen High School. We expect more great results from them next month at nationals in Orlando, and we hope that you’ll join us in expressing our communityís support and appreciation for their work to represent their sport and the community of Evergreen both in Colorado and in the national competitive circuit.
Evergreen Poms Boosters