Shelter Cup Hockey Tournament Helps Raise Pet Adoption Awareness

Players Compete For Fun, Raise Thousands
Posted: 10:51 PM, Jun 02, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-02 23:51:19-04

A growing animal adoption fundraiser took to the ice at the Ford Ice Center in Antioch.

Nearly 70 participants competed Saturday in the second annual Shelter Cup hockey tournament.

The purpose was to raise awareness about Metro Nashville's Animal Shelter while having fun on the ice.

Creator and organizer Jeff Medolla said he started the tournament a few years ago to help Metro Animal Control.

"It's a nice feeling. I like bringing the community togethe, and that was the whole point of this," Medolla said.

Participant Collin Schurr said he missed last year's tournament but couldn't wait to be a part of this year's fundraiser.

"My wife and I have always worked with different animal resources. The most recent one I believe is Critter Calvary, so this really spoke to me. I can mix two of my passions. I love to play hockey, and I love animals. We have a bunch of them, so really the opportunity to be a part of this, I jumped at it," Schurr said.

Medolla has planned to put on the event twice a year. Since its inception, he has been able to raise more than $6,000 for the shelter.