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Stingrays surprise students at Hanahan Middle

Published Monday, April 1, 2019

Last week, players for the South Carolina Stingrays visited Hanahan Middle (HMS) as a surprise for students.

The goal, they said, was to generate smiles and spark interest in hockey.

After brief instruction on how to hold a stick, students played floor hockey with defenseman John MacLeod and forward Tim Harrison.

It’s safe to say the two professional hockey players achieved their goal as students ran around the gym with excitement.

“It’s really humbling to be able to share the game that I grew up playing and have really enjoyed throughout my life,” Harrison said. “Hopefully it can impact one or two people’s lives the way it did mine.”

The players were invited to Hanahan Middle after MacLeod and his family met 2018 HMS Teacher of the Year Brittany Biggane.

Ms. Biggane said MacLeod was passionate about interacting with the community and interested in meeting students at Hanahan Middle.

“Hockey isn’t a big sport here,” MacLeod said. “The more kids you can teach and help play the game is important.”

For students at Hanahan Middle, it was a perfect way to end a busy week loaded with assignments and tests. It was a surprise that in addition to making students smile, warmed the hearts of teachers and administrators.

“I know that when we go back to class, they will be all hyped up and smiling,” Ms. Biggane said. “…This is going to be something these kids are going to remember and take with them for a long time.”