The Utah Blaze spread some holiday cheer on Thanksgiving morning by volunteering their time with the Salvation Army. Players, coaches, dancers and staff members were all in attendance as the team supported the organization's efforts to help feed those in need of assistance during the holiday.
Coach Ron James and his team arrived at the Salvation Army early on
Thursday morning, loading up their vehicles with hot Thanksgiving meals.
From there, the group traveled to homes across the Salt Lake City area
delivering food to elderly shut-ins. Even mascot Torch got involved, as
he entertained the staff while helping to prepare meals, much to the
a very rewarding experience anytime we have the opportunity to give
back to our community, especially during the holidays," said James. "The
Salvation Army's reputation of helping those in need is unsurpassed,
and I'm very thankful they gave us the opportunity to support such a
those in attendance was 2012 Arena Football League Community MVP of the
Year David Hyland. "Although it's become popular tradition,
Thanksgiving isn't all about food, football and family,"
Hyland stated. "It's also about reflecting on the blessings in your
life and acknowledging that you are grateful for those things. My wife
and I have so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving."
physically able to deliver meals to people who are unable to care for
themselves was a humble reminder of the blessing of health. I am so
thankful for places like the Salvation Army that care about people and
the people who are willing to put their personal plans aside to help
James, Hyland and Torch were joined by offensive linemen Antonio
Narcisse and Darryl Hicks, as well as Defensive Coordinator Rob Keefe,
Director of Player Personnel Karl Bates and Blaze Dancers Kaylie,
Hillary and Shelby.
Salvation Army is the oldest and one of the most respected service
organizations of its kind in the world, serving more than 20 million
people annually. Celebrating over 120 years of service in Northern Utah.
The Christian ministry of the Salvation Army focuses on helping people
who are faced with social and economical problems, emergency assistance
needs, limited opportunities, physical and emotional problems, and other
situations preventing personal, social, moral and spiritual