The Chicago Marathon has always been an opportunity for charities to raise incredible amounts of money. Salute, Inc., a local non-profit that works to assist active military and veterans, will be represented in the marathon later this weekend thanks to one determined USHL coach.
Chicago Steel head coach Dan Muse saw running the marathon as an opportunity to raise money for Salute, Inc., which is why he is choosing to participate in the marathon on Sunday, October 9. Muse said he is really looking forward to the event, but wants the focus of his running to be on the charity that has affected so many people.
“I am looking forward to running the Chicago Marathon this upcoming Sunday and helping to raise money for Salute, Inc.,” Muse said. “This is a great local organization which provides financial assistance to veterans and their families. I have the greatest amount of respect and admiration for our nation’s military and their families. I have two cousins that served in Afghanistan and Iraq. They are both working now and doing great things with their lives since serving in the Army.
“Our military are our greatest heroes. It is a real honor to be able to raise money and awareness for them through a great organization like Salute, Inc. The Chicago Steel and the USHL, as a whole, does an amazing job working with different organizations to raise money and awareness and I am very excited to do my part this Sunday.”
Salute, Inc.’s mission statement is “to passionately pursue meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. We strive to raise awareness of their sacrifices and provide a safety net to ensure every military family is treated with honor and dignity.” Salute, Inc. provides that safety net by “delivering short term financial assistance to bridge the temporary income gaps and meet the basic needs of post 9/11 veterans.”
Muse has quite the busy weekend ahead of him. Fortunately, the Steel have an off day on Friday before hosting the Bloomington Thunder on Saturday night. Coaching your team in a USHL game Saturday night before running in a marathon early on Sunday morning may seem like a daunting task, but Muse seems ready for the marathon weekend.
“As ready as I am going to be,” Muse said. “I enjoyed the training the last few months.”
More information about Salute, Inc. can be found on their website here.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 15th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2016-17. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in four consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.