Skate for the 22-Bean Pot Hockey Tourney this Saturday – Murphy Rink
This coming Saturday, November 3rd from 2- 6pm, South Boston’s Murphy Skating Rink will be the site of some of the best hockey action around. It’s open to the public and there’s no charge for admission as four great teams take to the ice and go at it for a good cause. It’s called the ‘Skate for the 22’ – Bean Pot Tournament and its purpose is three-fold: To have a great time, put on a super show for the crowd and raise awareness to the problem of PTSD that so many of our nation’s veterans suffer from.
The name of the tournament – ‘Skate for the 22’ is called for the estimated 22 veterans who die every day in America because of this affliction. The names of the teams taking the ice are ‘Skate for the 22’, Boston Fire Department, Weymouth Fire Department and ‘Friends of Tim ‘Doc’ Cook. All players on each team will do their best to dazzle the spectators and of course each other with their well-honed athletic talent and ice hockey skills.
There will be raffles and shirt sales and the proceeds will go to the Tim ‘Doc’ Cook Scholarship Fund which awards scholarships to local kids. In the past, the Tim ‘Doc’ Cook scholarships were given to boys entering Boston College High School. This year for the first time, girls/young women will also be eligible to be recipients as well.
We spoke to Joe Cook, who is the father of the late Tim ‘Doc’ Cook. Tim was a veteran; a hero among his fellow service members that he served with, who was taken at a much too young an age. Joe Cook stated that the reason for the tournament and for the scholarship itself is to keep the spirit of Tim alive in a positive way; just like the positive impact Tim had on so many of his fellow members of the military and civilian friends and to continue to raise awareness about PTSD. The students receiving the scholarships are young people who epitomize the concept of serving country and community and have shown the willingness to help others.
So, if you’re looking for a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon, South Boston’s Murphy Rink is definitely the place to be. The action will be fast and furious, you’ll be in good company and you’ll e showing support for a great cause.