By Joanna Radov, CantonCharge.com contributor
The Canton Charge had a blast getting out in the community during the 2019-20 season. Between players, coaches, and staff, the Charge accumulated over 200 hours of community service with programs like serving meals at Refuge of Hope, packing backpacks for the Stark County Hunger Task Force, and hanging with some furry friends at the Stark County Humane Society.
The players couldn’t let the staff have all the fun, heading over to afterschool programs at McGregor Elementary School, McKinley High School, and Project R.E.B.U.I.L.D. kept our guys active and engaged with the youth of Canton.
The Charge were lucky enough to welcome groups to practice to run some drills with the team and just let loose. On December 3rd, First Christian Church, who offers day services programming to help enrich and empower the lives of adults with disabilities, brought about 75 members to hang with us and spend some quality time together. On January 24th, Siffrin, a group that provides services for adults with developmental disabilities, brought a group of 20 clients and provided the guys with some delicious pizza!
A continuous effort that was implemented this season was our snack bag program. Over the course of the season, players assembled over 400 bags that were distributed to kids at Be A Better Me, SCCAA Headstart programs, and Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health. To help get some of our troops into the holiday spirit, our players wrote 157 holiday greeting cards to locally deployed National Guard units.
A great bonding activity for the entire team and coaching staff was the trip to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank on January 6th. Players and coaches worked together to package over 2,500 meals that would go on to be distributed to families in our Stark and Summit Counties.
The fun wasn’t limited to outside of the Civic Center. Through our ticket donation program, we were able to distribute over 6,500 tickets to bring groups and individuals to games throughout the season. The Charge fulfilled almost 300 donation requests, sending raffle items and baskets to individual community fundraisers, helping to raise money for great causes all across Northeast Ohio.
While we didn’t get to finish our business on the court from the shortened season, the Canton Charge were proud to get the job done helping serve our neighbors and community!