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Musketeers Run, Ride, Roll and Blade Event Raises over $23,000

June 30, 2020 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Sioux City Musketeers News Release

SIOUX CITY - Sioux City's Miracle League has many friends around the Siouxland area and among those are the Sioux City Musketeers.

The Musketeers first-ever Run, Ride, Roll and Blade fundraiser held June 20-28 raised $23,470. All proceeds from an event which included players, coaches and members of the organization, will be going to help Sioux City's Miracle League continue its mission.

The Miracle League provides recreational facilities designed for excellence for children with disabilities that will create integrated recreational play and bring smiles to the participants and their families.

Participants over the nine-day stretch collected pledges from neighbors and friends. Then, they either ran, rode, rolled or bladed a 10-kilometer (6.2 mile) distance.

"I'm really excited to tell you that the idea of the 10K was to raise $10,000, but we raised $23,470 which was absolutely amazing," said Musketeers President Rich Zaber. "It was great to be part of it. I actually ran the 10K. It was fantastic to partner with a great organization like the Miracle League." A total of 38 individuals participated in the event, including 28 Musketeers players. Musketeers from 11 different states were involved along with team members from Canada, Finland and Switzerland.

"I think the thing that says so much is so many of our dollars came from outside the Sioux City community with our guys and their families and friends to their families," said Strand. "It shows how much Sioux City means to all of our people and all of our players. A huge thank you to all of the people who contributed. We all know the times."

"I also think that it shows first, what the Miracle League has to offer, what it means and the sincerity. Second, it shows the great people we have that are friends and fans of our organization and our players and our families that really made it happen with their contributions."

Brian Carrabes, a right wing from North Andover, Mass., topped the Musketeers players by raising $1,765. Coming in at second place was defenseman Christian Jimenez of Yorkton Heights, N.Y., at $1,610.

Jimenez was named to the United States Hockey League's All-Rookie Team, providing seven goals and 21 assists for last season's squad. The Harvard recruit was also named the USHL's Defenseman Rookie of the Year.

It's the first time the Musketeers have worked with Sioux City's Miracle League. Kevin Negaard, the Sioux City Miracle League's board president and founder, doubles as the Musketeers' chaplain.

Negaard stated the Musketeers fundraising event is another example of the community's support that the Sioux City Miracle League has received since its beginning in 2014. "It gets us dreaming about what we can add to the complex that would not only benefit our Miracle League players, but also the community," said Negaard. "I'd like to express our gratitude to the whole Musketeers organization and the guys going out and raising money and getting behind it. This is another indication of the Siouxland communities and the entities within the community that come together and do something really special for our community."

Sioux City Miracle League Director Haley Meacham said she and Negaard have discussed the possibility of adding another field to the Miracle League Complex. Part of what the Sioux City Miracle League has received in this Musketeers fundraiser will go towards this project.

"We didn't anticipate for this fundraiser to explode the way it did," said Meacham. "We are so thankful that Coach Strand and the Musketeers were willing and wanting to do this fundraiser for us. Any kind of donations given to the Miracle League is always a blessing and we are always thankful for any kind of donations. We are excited to use this money that we never thought would be this much."

Zaber feels the Run, Ride, Roll and Blade event will continue in the future. It adds to the list of several charitable causes to which the team contributes.

"It was fun being part of it, especially with the social distancing that was going on," said Zaber. "I certainly see us continuing this. Luke heard about this. Some other team did something like this. We decided to bring it to the Miracle League because they are a great organization. We were really proud to be part of it and raise this kind of money."

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