As part of the Aeros ongoing efforts to support worthwhile community groups, a handful of players recently visited Bo’s Place in Houston. Casey Wellman, Matt Hackett, Nate Prosser and wife Brittani, Kris Fredheim and Drew Bagnall all stopped by and played street hockey and basketball with the kids. The players also helped serve dinner, generously provided by Casa Ole on 290. The fajitas were awesome.

Bo’s place is quite the facility. Visit their website here. Below is a little about what they do…

Bo’s Place began in 1990 as a grief support Information & Referral Line, providing callers with free grief resources and support contacts in the greater Houston area.  In 1995, Bo’s Place located to a home in Houston’s Museum District and expanded its services to include grief support groups for children and their families thereby fulfilling the critical need for a program dedicated to meeting needs of grieving children.  Today, Bo’s Place remains Houston’s oldest and only on-going, free-of-charge, grief support program for children.

In 2005, Bo’s Place moved to a new facility at 10050 Buffalo Speedway designed specifically for the grief support groups.

Courtney Varner is the Community Outreach Coordinator for Bo’s Place. Here’s a portion of an email I received from her…

Thank you for such a special evening on Tuesday!  The families have been raving about how much fun their children had and now nice the players were.  Thank you for making it happen!

Personally, I think it’s a great thing to help put smiles on someone’s face by doing something as small as spending a little time with them. Sometimes I think hockey players forget it’s fun for people to meet them and get a picture taken. It doesn’t stem from any kind of “big head” syndrome. Quite the opposite. A lot of times guys have the “I’m nothing special” mindset. It’s refreshing to see pro athletes without big egos. It’s also nice to see the guys realize that by being a pro athlete, they have the opportunity to make someone’s day.


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