While the city of El Paso, Texas, remains in shock after a mass shooting during the weekend, the Rhinos of the Western States Hockey League announced a number of ways that they plan on helping victims and their families following the tragic events.
To start, the team is donating $10K to the El Paso Community Foundation. They’re also planning on donating proceeds from a jersey auction after they play two exhibition contests versus Mexico’s Under-20 men’s national team on Sept. 28-29.
The Rhinos shared the news, and their condolences, in this tweet, with the hashtag #ElPasoStrong
Rhinos coach Cory Herman spoke about a city in shock with the news to NHL.com’s William Douglas, while also pointing out the significance of El Paso’s exhibition games against a team from Mexico.
“There were people from Mexico who died that day too,” Herman said. “This is a loving city; well, it’s really the biggest small town you’ll ever visit. This is the type of place that if you’re broken down along side of the road, within a couple of minutes you have people stopping trying to help you. People are just in shock right now.”
Douglas explains that the Rhinos’ $10K donation will come, in large part, from ticket sales the team earned while becoming repeat champions of the WSHL in 2018 and 2019.