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Playing For a Purpose: New Trier and Loyola play for Misericordia

By Angie O'Brien - @angieobrien2017, 10/27/18, 11:00PM CDT


Every year Loyola Academy has a night of hockey dedicated to Misericordia. The residents come out and spend time with the teams and enjoy a game. The Loyola Maroon team will host this year while Loyola Gold has something else up its sleeve. On December 2nd, Loyola and New Trier will hold a quad-header at Centennial Ice Arena and all proceeds will benefit Misericordia. 

“It’s a great cause,” said New Trier Green head coach Bob Melton. “Any time we can raise money for something like Misericordia it’s terrific. It’s a big game with two rivals that will draw a lot of people and I think it will be great night.”

Loyola Gold’s Patrick Weimer played a big part in this decision. He has been on the junior board at Misericordia for four years and has been an active volunteer with his mom. This year he is the Director of Outside Events where he runs events such as parties for outreach and the quad in December.  

“We thought it’d be a great idea to turn our rivalry with New Trier Green into something good,” he said. “We thought it’d be a great way to raise awareness and money for the Misericorida home. I just like getting people involved and really have a good time with all of the residents.” 

‘Playing For a Purpose’ will be the slogan for the event and T-shirts will also be available.  

Misericordia is a not-for-profit corporation which offers a community of care for people with mild to profound developmental disabilities. It currently serves more than 600 children and adults residentially on its 31-acre Chicago Campus.

“I think it’s just a great organization,” Weimer said.  “It’s helping a lot of people in a lot of good ways.”