Scoring to Save Lives

St. Ignatius Varsity Hockey team

Varsity hockey members join Haitham Haddad, MD (far right), Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at
UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital at a check presentation benefiting Rainbow’s Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. From left:
Clarke Jones, Andrew Domonkos, Kyle Keane and Drew Megerian (University School); Riley Ellis and Jack Wiegandt (St. Ignatius High School); and Dr. Haddad.

Rivals on the ice and great friends off, varsity hockey players from University School and St. Ignatius High School recently teamed up to raise more than $5,700 for the region’s only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center at UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital.

During the “Score to Save” campaign, the players’ family and friends donated outright or pledged dollars for total goals and saves. Both teams finished with impressive records. In fact, St. Ignatius tied for first in the state of Ohio in 2014.

Supporting emergency care is a natural fit for these athletes who regularly put themselves in harm’s way on the ice. “Hockey is by its very nature a dangerous sport, and to give back to the Pediatric Trauma Center at UH is a way to give back to all kids in need of emergency care,” says Andrew (Drew) Megerian, a senior at University School and one of the founders of the student-led fundraiser. This is University School’s second fundraiser for the Pediatric Trauma Center and the first year that students from both schools worked together for Rainbow.

Drew and many of his teammates graduate this year, leaving behind the charity they created. But he’s confident that the Score to Save campaign will continue to flourish under new leadership. Considering what students from these two high schools already have accomplished—on and off the ice – it’s a safe bet they’ll continue to score big for Rainbow.

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