El Paso junior team to donate $10,000 to Community Foundation
A junior hockey team, the El Paso Rhinos of the Western States Hockey League, is donating $10,000 to the El Paso Community Foundation following the mass shooting in the Texas City on Aug. 3.
The team will also donate all proceeds from a special jersey auction following two exhibition games in El Paso against Mexico's Under-20 men's national team on Sept. 28-29.
The monetary donation will largely come from ticket sales of a team that's won back-to-back WSHL championships.
"It's a pretty sad time in El Paso," Rhinos coach Cory Herman toldNHL.com. "Everybody is in shock right now. You just can't believe it happened. It's very, very sad. We wanted to do something to help."
Herman played professionally in the city and retired there in 2000.
The shooting at a Walmart killed 22 people and injured at least 24 others.
"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."