November 22, 2012 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Utah Blaze
SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah Blaze spread some holiday cheer on Thanksgiving morning by volunteering their time with the Salvation Army. Players, coaches, dancers and staff members were all in attendance as the team supported the organization's efforts to help feed those in need of assistance during the holiday.
Head Coach Ron James and his team arrived at the Salvation Army early on Thursday morning, loading up their vehicles with hot Thanksgiving meals. From there, the group traveled to homes across the Salt Lake City area delivering food to elderly shut-ins. Even mascot Torch got involved, as he entertained the staff while helping to prepare meals, much to the crowd's delight.
"It's a very rewarding experience anytime we have the opportunity to give back to our community, especially during the holidays," said James. "The Salvation Army's reputation of helping those in need is unsurpassed, and I'm very thankful they gave us the opportunity to support such a great cause."
Among those in attendance was 2012 Arena Football League Community MVP of the Year David Hyland. "Although it's become popular tradition, Thanksgiving isn't all about food, football and family," Hyland stated. "It's also about reflecting on the blessings in your life and acknowledging that you are grateful for those things. My wife and I have so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving."
"Being physically able to deliver meals to people who are unable to care for themselves was a humble reminder of the blessing of health. I am so thankful for places like the Salvation Army that care about people and the people who are willing to put their personal plans aside to help others."
Coach James, Hyland and Torch were joined by offensive linemen Antonio Narcisse and Darryl Hicks, as well as Defensive Coordinator Rob Keefe, Director of Player Personnel Karl Bates and Blaze Dancers Kaylie, Hillary and Shelby.
The Salvation Army is the oldest and one of the most respected service organizations of its kind in the world, serving more than 20 million people annually. Celebrating over 120 years of service in Northern Utah. The Christian ministry of the Salvation Army focuses on helping people who are faced with social and economical problems, emergency assistance needs, limited opportunities, physical and emotional problems, and other situations preventing personal, social, moral and spiritual development.