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Trooper Berke Bates Charity Game

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The Ice Vols will be traveling to play against the University of Richmond on Friday September 15th for a charity game that will honor Trooper Berke Bates. Trooper Berke Bates was recently killed in a helicopter accident during the events that took place in Charlottesville in August. Trooper Berke Bates attended The University of Tennessee and played for the Ice Vols. Trooper Berke Bates loved the game of hockey and was a youth hockey coach in the Richmond, Virginia area.

 

The University of Tennessee Ice Vols and the University of Richmond Spiders club hockey teams will face off Friday September 15th 8pm at the Richmond Ice Zone to honor Trooper Berke Bates. Tickets will be sold at the door for $5 and all proceeds will go towards the family of Berke Bates. In addition, a GoFundme account will be set up to help support the family of Berke Bates. We hope to have Berke’s brother, Craig Bates, or another family member or close friend drop an honorary puck to begin the game.

 

We hope to draw a large crowd in support of Trooper Berke Bates and his family.
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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Ice Vols Hockey Team will play the University of Richmond Spiders Hockey Team in a charity game to honor fallen police officer Berke Bates.

Bates was a Virginia State trooper who was killed in a helicopter crash while monitoring the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Sunday, August 13.

The game begins at 8 p.m. Friday, September 15, at the Richmond Ice Zone in Richmond, Virginia.

Bates attended UT in the late 1990s and played hockey for the Ice Vols. He also served as a volunteer youth hockey coach while living in Richmond.

Jake McKamey, a senior studying recreation and sports management and president of the Ice Vols Hockey Team, said the teams decided to join forces to help the Bates family.

"We thought it would be a great idea to play this charity game in front of many of the kids that he coached," said McKamey.

Tickets will be $5 at the door for the general public and free for students. All ticket sales will be donated to a fund established for Bates' family. Those who wish to make contributions can donate to the Trooper Berke Bates Charity Game GoFundMe account.

There will be a ceremonial puck drop and a moment of silence before the game begins.

After the game, all financial support raised for Berke will be sent directly to the family of Berke Bates on behalf of the Ice Vols and the Richmond Spiders Hockey Club.
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