Aug. 13, 2013
MADISON, Wis. -- Members of the Wisconsin men’s and women’s hockey programs are used to defending a prized possession—a puck, the goal, a winning record. On Aug. 6, 2013, the teams stepped off the ice to celebrate those who defend and keep our communities safe at Dane County’s National Night Out Celebration.
National Night Out brings together law enforcement officials and community members from across the state to learn about law enforcement’s efforts to keep our communities safe. Representing the men’s hockey team were Eddie Wittchow, Aidan Cavallini and Corbin McGuire, while women’s hockey players Alex Rigsby, Madison Packer, Jenny Ryan, Brittany Ammerman, Jorie Walters, Sydney McKibbon, Molly Doner, Rachel Jones and Kelly Jaminski attended the event. The group received a glimpse into the life of a law enforcement officer as they had the chance to try on uniforms and equipment the officers had on hand and climb behind the wheel of law enforcement vehicles.
“It was a very cool experience to be able to socialize and learn so much about what it takes to be a first responder,” Rigsby said.
The student-athletes also relished in the opportunity to interact with community members of all ages—including taking in a turn in the jump castle with some of their youngest fans.
“It was a great opportunity to branch out and see what a strong community we have surrounding us,” Wittchow said. “It’s always fun to socialize with current Badgers fans off campus along with in some new ones.”