EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips are proud to once again partner with The Everett Clinic Center for Behavioral Health this season to provide complimentary Silvertips tickets to patients receiving treatment through the Clinic. Created by Silvertips Assistant Coach Mitch Love last season, the initiative has been named the “Love to Cheer” Program for 2013-14.
Love spawned the idea last season as a tribute to the late John Dickey, his good friend and a longtime Silvertips season ticket holder who passed away in 2012. To honor his friend, Love wanted to help people dealing with difficult circumstances in their lives by giving them the opportunity to enjoy a fun evening of Silvertips hockey free of charge.
The Everett Clinic Center for Behavioral Health provides confidential individual, group and family counseling for children, adolescents and adults. These counseling services address a wide range of behavioral concerns including depression, anxiety, marriage/family problems, grief and loss, low self-esteem, anger management and many more. Clinic staff strives to provide patients rapid relief from troubling symptoms through individually-crafted treatment plans.
“Taking part in fun activities is something that therapists tell patients to do as part of their treatment,” said Behavioral Health Program Manager Nanette Reinecke. “We hope that this program encourages patients to get out and do something fun that they might not otherwise do on their own. Sometimes the little things can mean a lot.”
John Dickey was an enthusiastic member of the Silvertips family, as well as a son, brother and husband. Although never clinically diagnosed with depression, he struggled for years with despair and sadness before his passing at the age of 55 on May 31 of last year. As a way of remembering him, Love wanted to help others coping with similar issues to find joy in the game that first brought them together.
“Because of John’s passion for Silvertips hockey, I think this is a great opportunity for our organization to help people of all ages who may be dealing with these kinds of concerns regarding their mental health,” Love explained. “Even if it’s just for a couple of hours during a hockey game, hopefully we can help put a smile on their faces and take their minds off whatever may be troubling them. I think it’s important to show people that whether it’s a professional at The Everett Clinic or a friend down the block, there are people who want to help when you’re going through a rough patch in your life.”
In addition to receiving free Silvertips tickets through the program, Everett Clinic patients also have the opportunity to meet Silvertips players or visit them outside the team’s locker room after the game on selected nights. Patients interested in participating in the “Love to Cheer” Program are encouraged to work directly through their care provider at The Everett Clinic to find out more information and request tickets.
“If you fill your life with good, clean fun, there’s not much room for the negative stuff,” said Reinecke. “The more light you see at the end of the tunnel, the better the chance of climbing out of the dark hole of depression.”
Season tickets, mini-game packages and six-game packs for the Silvertips’ 2013-14 season are available now at the team office. Visit www.EverettSilvertips.com or call 425-252-5100 for more information. To keep up with all the latest team news, “like” the Everett Silvertips Hockey Club on Facebook or follow @WHLSilvertips on Twitter.