The Booz Allen Minutemen challenged the USA Warriors to a friendly hockey game in July at SkateQuest Ice Rink in Reston, VA.
Booz Allen’s support of the nation’s Wounded Warriors goes beyond client work and pro bono efforts. The firm’s three Minuteman hockey teams (Yes, Booz Allen has three hockey teams made up of over 50 employees passionate about the game.) also raise awareness for the nation’s injured veterans. In July, the Minutemen played a friendly game against the USA Warriors, a nationally recognized adult hockey team made up of wounded veterans. The games give the veterans opportunities to play competitive hockey, aiding their reintegration into day-to-day activities.
Following the game, the Minutemen hosted a cookout for the injured servicemen and women who play on the Warriors team. Minutemen team members, assisted by family and friend volunteers, organized the event. Says Booz Allen Lead Associate and Minuteman goalie Kevin Mooney, “Our volunteers did everything from soliciting vendor donations to transporting supplies to coordinating event scheduling and set-up.” SkateQuest Ice Rink of Reston, VA, donated the ice time for the game, while Famous Dave's BBQ of Falls Church, VA, donated food for the post-game cookout.
Booz Allen Senior Vice President Emile Trombetti formed the Minutemen three years ago with two ideas in mind. “I wanted to pull together staff members who share my passion for playing hockey,” says Emile. “And use the team as goodwill ambassadors for outreach to the community.”
“The teams empower employees to engage in a sport they love and help local nonprofits at the same time,” says Booz Allen Executive Advisor Joe Suarez, a leader in Community Partnerships. “The teams play 20 games a year, a schedule that requires team members to commit a significant amount of time and other resources to be on the team, but they see playing hockey as a means to doing good.”
In addition to championing Wounded Warriors, Emile and the Minutemen are devoted to serving INOVA Blood Donor Services (IBDS) of Northern Virginia. The nonprofit IBDS depends on outside funding for its programs, including collecting, processing, and supplying blood and blood products for areas hospitals.
For the last two years, the Minutemen have participated in IBDS’s Charity Hockey Classic to raise money and awareness for the regional blood bank. “These charity hockey games started out as contests between teams of area coaches,” says Kevin, who is also a member of the Charity Hockey Classic Committee. “Last year, we played against one of the coaching teams and raised over $21,000 for IBDS.” This year’s game, played at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA—where the Washington Capitals train and practice—exceeded that figure, bringing in over $65,000.