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Dayton Gems In The Community

December 17, 2009 - International Hockey League 2 (IHL 2) - Dayton Gems News Release

The Dayton Gems believe the biggest assists happen off the ice. The members of the team and staff are also members of the community. Being part of a team on and off the ice means commitment to youth, education, fund raising and joining in wherever we can help.

Coach Marks to appear on the The Rob Dennis Show

This evening DATV will be taping The Rob Dennis show and Coach John Marks will be a guest on the Tonight show style program. Fans are invited to join the audience at the DATV studio at 280 Leo Street tonite at 545pm.

DATV can be seen on Time Warner channel 20 in Dayton, Riverside and Butler township

Fairborn Literacy Night

Fairborn literacy night is scheduled for tonight, December 17that the Fairborn Primary School. Several Dayton Gems Players and our mascot, Blade, will be on hand to read to youngsters from 6pm to 8pm.

Toys For Tots

During our December 18thgame on Friday at Hara Arena the Gems will team up with Santa and the U.S. Marine Corps to support their annual Toys for Tots drive. Any active duty or retired military will may receive a buy 1 get 1 free ticket.

Holiday Pond Hockey at Kettering Rec Center

Blade will be on hand December 28th at 10am to 1pm to cheer on the Mites and Squirts at the Kettering Recreation Center. This fundraiser is a collection drive for gently-used physical activity equipment (playground balls, tennis racquets, soccer balls, etc.). The collection will be donated to children at inner-city Dayton Summer Food Service Program sites.


Fund raisingand helping the area schools is a huge priority for the Dayton Gems. Any school group can join with the team to enjoy an evening of exciting hockey action and earn money for their group as well. Groups will be recognized during the games and are encouraged to take advantage of this easy and fun way to help your organization.

Outreach - The Gems will head out on a special road trip to visit your schooland host our outreach program. Our educational outreach program will have Gems players traveling to interact with students at their schools. Speaking about their goals, training, ambitions and being part of a team. Area students are given the chance to meet and learn about hockey and even ask the players questions. A short film will be a part of the program bringing the experience of the hockey to your school.

Gems Speakers Bureau

Our speakers bureau is visiting community and civic groups all around the area. Our coach, John Marks and the coach of the original 1964 team, Warren Back are traveling to meet your group and share their experiences. For information contact our Speakers Bureau Director Ashley Lentz - (937) 275-7777 or [email protected]

Breakfast with Santa and Blade

Earlier this month the annual Brookville Breakfast with Santa included our mascot, Blade. He enjoyed breakfast and helping Santa pass out the gifts. Canned goods were collected and donated to the Brookville F.I.S.H. food pantry.

Gems help the Foodbank and the Community

Dayton Gems fans contributed overa ton of food items to The Foodbank during the games held during Thanksgiving week. The players loaded all of the non perishable items into their vehicles and delivered them to The Foodbank to help the community. The staff and team are proud of their fans for bringing so much to help the less fortunate,

Feast for Giving

The Dayton Gems Hockey Team spent the Thanksgiving weekend helping the community joining in on the Feast for Giving by working at the Dayton Convention Center on Thanksgiving Day.

The Dayton Gems would like to help your group too. For more information please contact: Jill Sanders - Dayton Gems Director of Media and Public Relations at (937) 275-7777.

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