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One of the many charities that the Anaheim Ducks sponsor is The Wooden Floor, this was the 10-annual shopping spree for the Anaheim Ducks, a few of the children go on a shopping spree at Target with the Anaheim Ducks players and their wifes. This was the first time that Josh Manson attended, based off of the people there he was as happy as the children were to be there.
An arts-based youth development program founded in 1983, The Wooden Floor reaches underserved youth and their families through afterschool programs where they transform the lives of students through the dance. Each year 100 percent of students who graduate from the program immediately enroll in higher education, thereby working to break they cycle of poverty.
Dawn Reese is the CEO of The Wooden Floor, and he talked about what this experience and even means for the children, “The players are really role models to the students. In this two-hour opportunity of time spent with them, it changes the children. The players have a moment here wherethey are truly making a difference.”
Reese also shared about the Ducks teaming up with The Wooden Floor, “We are so fortunate to work with the Anaheim Ducks over these 10 years. The kids often talk about how they can one day can do the same and give back. So when I think about that legacy over the 10 years and how many children that’s impacted through these experiences here, that’s a pretty big impact that the Ducks and the Anaheim Ducks Foundation have made on children.”
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Manson went shopping with Miguel Cid-Rosas
For 16-year old, Miguel Cid-Rosas, a visit to Target last week was much more than a simple shopping trip. It was a life-changing event.
“This was amazing,” Miguel said with an enormous smile. “I really loved the time.”
As a first-time attendee at the annual event, Manson was as excited as the students to be there. He not only helped Miguel pick out some clothes for his soccer season, but most importantly, he talked with the high school sophomore about working hard and dreaming big, as Miguel has aspirations to play collegiate soccer.
“It’s such an important part of life, I think, being able to give back,” Manson said. “It’s something our ownership and this organization have taken very seriously. They’ve been doing a great job with it, and I’ve been very happy and extremely grateful to be a part of it. It’s great to give back, especially at this time of year, it works out so well.”
Miguel spent the afternoon with his new buddy, Ducks defenseman Josh Manson, who helped Miguel pick out Christmas gifts for himself and his family. Items in his cart ranged from clothes to wireless ear buds to toiletries. But for Miguel, the most significant gift was the opportunity to spend quality time with a professional athlete.
“This makes the pro players seem real,” Miguel said. “It makes me want to be just like them. I had so much fun with all of the players today.”
Miguel was one of 10 students from the Santa Ana-based nonprofit The Wooden Floor who was treated by the Ducks to a shopping spree at Target in the Irvine Spectrum. The players, along with wives and significant others, as well as Ducks staff members, hosted the low-income youth for an afternoon of holiday giving that impacted the givers as well as the receivers.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Manson. “Just seeing the look on Miguel’s face, how thankful he was, that made it all worthwhile. I was excited to be able to come give back and do something like this. But when you really meet the kids and you get that personal relationship with them, it makes it all that much more special.”
Good News for The Wooden Floor
As they look forward to celebrating their 35th anniversary in 2018, The Wooden Floor is expanding their reach through a vision of growth that includes both licensing their model around the country and continuing to expand locally.
They’ve signed with a partner and licensee in Washington D.C. that has already accepted their first class of students. And they are opening their second Santa Ana location in February, a step which allowed them to accept 100 additional students into their program, bringing the number of students served annually to 475.
“Poverty is still here, unfortunately, but our role in this is to ensure that one child is changed and that they will then change the community. That’s where our work is done,” Reese said. “The effort of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, the Samueli family and the Ducks players supports our level of excellence we have at The Wooden Floor. And the support the kids receive individually through shopping sprees such as this really makes them feel special.”
To learn more about The Wooden Floor go to The Wooden Floor
As you can see the Anaheim Ducks aren’t all about hockey and winning games to get to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They do take their time and go out of their way to give back to the community and make differences in childrens lives and that is an rewarding thing to hear about.
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