ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - There's nothing better than seeing a smile on someone's face.
Each year, the Service hockey team joins Partners Club and special education classes, in order to sponsor a "superhero" game. This themed hockey game is used as a fundraiser, and funds will go towards paying for students' activities and outings throughout the year.
"It's really special, being able to help these kids," said Ben Martensen, a Service hockey player.
Partners Club's vice president, Emma Broyles, has a brother in the special education program, and she says this event always makes her smile.
"It means a lot, because it shows how our school is coming together to support a cause that's really important to our community," Broyles said.
Earlier in the week, the hockey team handed out the special superhero themed jerseys to the kids that will be honored at the game. Later – right before the game – the students and players will swap jerseys in front of the crowd. Those jerseys will then be auctioned off during the game, and all proceeds will go to Partners Club.
Partners Club sponsor and special education teacher, Adam Ahonen, says this event really makes a difference for his students.
"It was a way for the hockey team to connect with the community and the school, and showcase some kids that maybe don't get recognized regularly," Ahonen said.
The Service hockey team will take on Bartlett Tuesday evening, at the Ben Boeke Arena. Junior varsity plays at 5 p.m. And varsity plays at 6:30 p.m.