Most pro sports teams give out some sort of special commendation following wins to the player who made the biggest impact on the game. For some it’s a championship belt like those worn on the pro wrestling circuit. For others it’s a rope chain and medallion, or a fancy hat of some sort.
This year, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are handing out a hat that has even greater meaning behind it than hard work.
This past offseason, Pens defenseman Zach Trotman made a connection with Dale McClellan, a combat veteran and Former Navy SEAL Machine Gunner, Point Man, Sniper and Scout Sniper Instructor.
After learning more about the SEALS and the work they put in to keep our country safe, Trotman asked McClellan to provide a special ‘warrior helmet,’ which would be presented to the Penguins’ player who went above and beyond the call of duty after each win. McClellan was happy to oblige, and the helmet has been given out following each of the team’s victories this season.
But Trotman’s support is going even further, as he has pledged to donate $50 for each win to the Virginia Beach Fallen Heroes, whose mission is to provide support and assistance to the families of fallen Naval Special Warfare Operators (SEALS), Special Boat Operators, and support personnel.
Included in the foundations that the VBFH provides support to are the National Navy UDT/SEAL Museum in St. Lucie, Florida; the UDT-SEAL Association; the Navy SEAL Foundation; and Spikes K-9 Fund.
You can learn more about the work of the Virginia Beach Fallen Heroes by visiting their website – http://www.vbfh.org/.
Penguins fans will be able to contribute to the cause as well later this season, when Trotman and the team raffle off the warrior helmet. More info on that special auction to benefit the SEALS will be released around the time of our Military Appreciation Night in early February.