Amarillo Bulls Receive Great American Patriot Award

Amarillo Bulls

October 31, 2017 - North American Hockey League (NAHL) - Amarillo Bulls

News Release

AMARILLO, TX - The Amarillo Bulls, proud members of the North American Hockey League have been recognized for their hard work and contributions to the Veterans and Military in the Texas Panhandle.

Jack Barnes, Board Member of America - Celebrate, Honor & Serve (ACHS) is pleased to announce that the Amarillo Bulls will be honored with the prestigious Great American Patriot Award this Friday, November 3 during Military Appreciation Night Presented by Sitel at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center.

The Amarillo Bulls were selected for the award for their outstanding and ongoing support of the United States Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Firefighters and First Responders, and the mission of the ACHS. The award, a Bronze Eagle statue, will be presented to Bulls' Vice President/General Manager Rick Matchett on the ice between periods of the game between the Bulls and South Division rivals Lone Star Brahmas.

"The Amarillo Bulls Organization felt so honored that we were nominated for this award and now to receive the Great American Patriot Award makes all of us feel very humbled," said Bulls Vice-President/General Manager Rick Matchett. "Thanks to the United States Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters every day for unselfishly putting their lives on the line so that we can enjoy our Freedoms each day because of their sacrifice and thank you to ACHS for their mission to make sure they are not forgotten. We will cherish this prestigious award for many years to come."

In selecting a Great American Patriot Award recipient, the ACHS Board of Directors considers numerous criteria. Individual candidates and organizations must be of high moral fiber, good character, and committed in serving the common good of the United States. Each must have gone beyond the call of duty to serve and protect his or her country, with proven dedication and loyalty in upholding the Constitution and the laws of the nation. Finally, the Great American Patriot Award recipient will have worked tirelessly to make the U.S. a better and safer place for all its citizens.

"The Amarillo Bulls hockey team has consistently supported our military, veterans, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders since the War on Terror began on 9/11," says Barnes. "This organization epitomizes the importance of patriotism and very much deserves this special recognition. Thank You, Amarillo Bulls."

ACHS is a proactive support organization for our Military, Veterans, Law Enforcement, Fire, First Responders and their families, and the families of Fallen Heroes in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle. The ACHS celebrates freedom and honor the American Flag every day, Honor those patriots who serve our country with public events, and Serve those who make selfless sacrifices for our country and community.

It's a big weekend of hockey at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center on Thursday and Friday when the Bulls host the Lone Star Brahmas at 7 pm. Thirsty Thursday kicks off the week with $2.50 sodas and draft beer. Friday is Military Appreciation Night Presented by Sitel that features an enlistment ceremony, awards presentation, booths on the concourse and much more. The Bulls will be wearing special Military style jerseys and a live auction will take place immediately after the game in The Corral with proceeds to benefit America Celebrate Honor and Serve.

Veterans and Active Military can get free tickets to the game, while family members will pay just $10. It's also the return of the Family Four Pack for $44 (four tickets, four hotdogs and four sodas), and for $22 (two tickets, two hotdogs and two sodas). Tickets for the games are available at the Bulls Office located at 301 South Polk, Civic Center Box Office and all Panhandle Ticket locations including United Supermarkets or online at www.panhandletickets.com. For further information on Group Rates, Season Tickets or Corporate Marketing Partnerships, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122.

• Discuss this story on the North American Hockey League message board