MAMMOTH SPREADS HOLIDAY CHEER, PROMOTES ORAL HYGIENE
The Colorado Mammoth continued to spread holiday cheer on Friday, as players and head coach Bob Hamley volunteered at the Denver Santa Claus Shop and a TeamSmile event. The Shop distributes toys at the holidays to 16,000 kids. TeamSmile provides free dental care to underserved children, while offering a life-changing dental experience.
“Volunteering today really reinforces that there are families out there that struggle during the holidays,” said Mammoth forward John Grant Jr. “Any chance we get as professional athletes to donate our time and help out a tremendous cause, it was great to be a small part of something that’s so big and important to this community.”
After toy distribution, Grant and teammates Cam Holding, Dan Coates and Tye Belanger went to the local TeamSmile event. On Friday, it was all about the pearly whites the dentists were helping protect and preserve. When the players walked in, the children’s faces lit up.
“I haven’t seen kids this happy about coming to the dentist, ever,” said Dr. Bill Busch, co-founder of TeamSmile. “They’re really excited – they’re getting to meet their sports heroes!”
But for the players, it wasn’t all about the kids. Belanger danced to the music, while Holding braved the patients’ chair with teammates acting as doctors.
“I had a couple fingers in the mouth – that was odd!” said Holding, with a grin. “Coatesy had a sharp tool – I don’t trust him! And I sure as heck don’t trust [John Grant] Jr.”
Needless to say, Holding made it out of the chair with all of his teeth intact. It was likely his hand that hurt most, after signing countless autographs for the kids.
The Mammoth opens the season on Sat., December 28 at 7 pm MT on HealthONE Field at Pepsi Center against the Edmonton Rush. Tickets are on sale now.