RiverKings and Havoc pledge support to Noah's Gift

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. – The Mississippi RiverKings and Huntsville Havoc are putting aside their on-ice differences to pledge support for the 2015 Noah's Gift 5K, which takes place on October 31 in Hernando.

Both Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) organizations will have their respective teams participate in the race, which will begin and end at Maddox Foundation. Day of race registration begins at 7 a.m. the morning of the race and participants will have the option of either skating the race on roller blades or running/walking the race. The RiverKings have participated in the Noah's Gift 5K since it was started in 2011, but this will be the first time another SPHL team participates in the race. 

"Noah was such a big fan of hockey and a great defenseman," said Noah's Gift Race Director Glenda Gurley. "It would have meant the world to him to know an entire team–the Huntsville Havoc–are coming to the 5K. They’ve been so generous to ask what they can do to help, whether it’s volunteering during the race or raising funds to support the Noah Costa Gift Grant for deserving teenagers. I’m excited to meet their entire team, the coaches, trainer, and equipment manager and thank them for all they’ve done to bring awareness and support to Noah’s Gift."

Noah's Gift was created to inspire and reward deserving young people with the gift of an extraordinary experience that was of interest to 16-year-old Noah Costa at the time of his death. His interests were as wide-ranging and fun as his personality: playing hockey, traveling, hiking, water sports, skydiving, and much more. Teenagers can apply for Noah's Gift Grants by visiting http://www.noahsgift.org/grant.html

“The rivalry and on-ice competition between the Havoc and RiverKings has been intensifying each year," said Havoc owner Keith Jeffries. "I do not expect that to change. However, both teams are very involved in their communities and in charitable efforts that benefit those communities. Over the past 12 years I’ve seen first hand how generous hockey fans are when their teams provide opportunities for them to give back...time and money. I’ve tried personally to participate in Noah’s Gift 5K over the past few years, but the timing has not worked out. This year, that changed. The Havoc are scheduled to be off on Saturday, October 31, the day Noah's Gift 5K is being held and we will all be participating this year. I’d love to see some Havoc fans wear their Havoc gear and join us that day. Those that can’t participate in person, I ask to consider donating to the cause.”

Noah's Gift 5K utilizes chip timing during the race. Post race activities include a rock climbing wall, a trunk-or-treat on the lawn outside Maddox Foundation, a costume contest to celebrate Halloween and the RiverKings inflatable Slap Shot machine. All the money raised at the Noah's Gift 5K will be used to fund Noah's Gift Grants.

"This is a awesome gesture by Mr. Jeffries and the whole entire Havoc organization," said RiverKings Head Coach Derek Landmesser. "It is already a great event and having our closest on-ice rivals here showing their support truly shows that the hockey world is one big family."

Noah's Gift is an endowed fund at the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. For additional information about the endowed fund, to donate, or to inquire about grant applications, contact the Community Foundation at 662.449.5002, or visit them at www.cfnm.org.

Mississippi RiverKings Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Derek Landmesser and RiverKings captain Leo Thomas were among the RiverKings players and staff members who participated in the 2014 Noah's Gift 5K in Hernando. This year, the RiverKings will be joined by players and staff members from the SPHL's Huntsville Havoc as both organizations pledge support for the upcoming Noah's Gift 5K on October 31. © Mississippi RiverKings

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