Dave Studzinski is a veterinarian in Waynesville, OH. He and his wife, Stacy, have three children: Kelsey, DJ and Travis. For the last two years, Dave has been serving as president of the Springboro hockey board ― all thanks to his role as ďhockey dad,Ē which he has held for the last five years.† His son, DJ, played on Springboroís varsity hockey team for two years, while Travis is finishing his fourth year. Stacy says, ďThe hockey family is an extension of our own family.Ē
As hockey dad and president of the hockey board, Dave has helped the program grow and succeed over the years. Now, the team is saying thank you in a big way. On February 1, they are turning their hockey game into a fundraiser and awareness builder for Parkinsonís disease, with which Dave was diagnosed five years ago. According to his youngest son Travis, ďItís a lot more than a game. Itís something to play for, the game has a purpose. This disease has affected our family a tremendous amount and itís important that people are more aware of the disease and its effects. It will be a very emotional night.Ē
Dave considers himself the type of person who is always looking to help others and itís touching to him that the team wants to help. ďI am honored,Ē he says. ďThis is such a humbling experience. Usually when someone has a disease, people donít like to talk about it. With this event, we can increase awareness of Parkinsonís so that the community is more comfortable talking about it. And hopefully we can raise funds to make an impact on research.Ē
The team hopes to raise $2,500 for Team Fox. Visit their Team Fox page to learn more.
Pictured from left to right: Dave Studzinski, future son-in-law Tulley, daughter Kelsey, son Travis and wife Stacy.