The Erie BayHawks help spread holiday cheer throughout the Erie community over the past few weeks. The team's players participated in a variety of different events, ranging from serving food at the Erie City Mission to taking a reading timeout with students at a local elementary school as part of the PNC Read to Achieve Program.
On Wednesday, December 21st, the entire BayHawks team, coaching staff and front office staff as well as lead local investor, Owen McCormick took over the kitchen in the Erie City Mission. Players arrived around 10:00 am and began preparations for a Christmas feast for Mission patrons. After a few hours of prep work, lunch time had arrived. BayHawks representatives hit the front lines and dished out heaping mounds of chicken, macaroni and cheese and cake to a few hundred patrons.
“It's always nice for our players and staff to get out in the community and help where we can,” said BayHawks President, Matt Bresee. “We realize that our jobs put us in a unique position to lend a hand to people who may be less fortunate and we enjoy giving back any way we can.”
All patrons also received a free ticket to the December 23rd game against the Tulsa 66ers, courtesy of Penelec.
On Thursday, December 22nd, BayHawks guard Kyle Spain took time out of his day to go to Erie R.I.S.E Academy to take a reading timeout with a group of school children. Through the PNC Bank Read to Achieve Program, Spain answered questions from the children, read them a book and stressed the importance of reading. The BayHawks mascot, Clutch also tagged along to hand out prizes and take pictures.
The BayHawks strive to help the Erie community and the events of this past week have added to a growing list of community events in which the BayHawks have participated in this season - from ringing bells for the Salvation Army to holding a practice at East High School for students who have excelled in the classroom. If you have a community event in the Erie area, please let us know how we can help.