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Tech Hockey and UP Kids Partner for Shawhan’s Husky Pack

Tech Hockey and UP Kids Partner for Shawhan’s Husky Pack

HOUGHTON, Mich. – Michigan Tech hockey and U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters have partnered to begin the Shawhan's Husky Pack program. Children of the Copper Country in the local mentoring program will get to enjoy a Michigan Tech hockey game with their families or with their "Bigs" at no cost.

At each home game this season, three families will receive reserved seat tickets, a parking pass, and food vouchers for concession stands in the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena. The families will also get the chance to meet head coach Joe Shawhan and members of the Michigan Tech hockey team after the game for autographs and pictures.

"This is a fun and exciting opportunity for families to spend time together enjoying an action-packed evening of Huskies hockey," said Maggie Munch, program director of U.P. Kids Big Brothers Big Sisters. "A program that offers opportunities for children such as this to enjoy quality time with their family is a wise investment that contributes to building stronger and healthier communities."

"It is with humbleness and pride that Laura and I are able to help a few local families the chance to enjoy the fun and excitement of Husky hockey," Joe Shawhan said. "Many wonderful people shared their time and resources with me while I was growing up. To this day, I remember them fondly in my heart. May the enthusiasm of our games brighten the lives of those in our community and it is our hope that in some way this gesture impacts someone in a special way."

The local Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program of U.P. Kids and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the premier mentoring organization in the country. Over 350 children and youth have been served across the western Upper Peninsula in the past year, positively impacting their self-esteem, academic performance, attitudes toward school and volunteering.

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to change the lives of children facing adversity – for the better, forever. The mentoring program helps children realize their full potential and build their futures by providing strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships. The goal is to provide new perspectives for children by offering friendship, guidance and opportunities with caring volunteers. Shawhan's Husky Pack is a perfect fit for Big Brothers Big Sisters providing a worthwhile opportunity for children in the program.

Those interested in participating in the program are asked to contact Nancy Birondo at U.P. Kids via email ( or over the phone at 906-487-9855. Enrollment is always open for qualified families and volunteers are always needed. For more information visit Big Brothers Big Sisters on the agency's website at