Build Your Community Ridgid Strong 2016 Winner
Build Your Community Ridgid Strong Winner Builds a Hockey Rink… in the Desert
We absolutely love seeing people using their talents and passions to give back to the community. Ridgid is rewarding some of the top community projects with their Build Your Community Ridgid Strong Award. Many outstanding community projects were entered. With so many community-minded folks out there, I’m sure it was tough to narrow it down.
This year’s winner of the Build Your Community Ridgid Strong Award is Josh Hanson. Josh is an Airman 1st Class, 386th Expeditionary Communication Squadron out of MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. He developed a proposal to construct a 110 foot hockey rink at their military base in Kuwait.
“I brought the idea up to my leadership. Then presented my plan of execution to all Group commanders of the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing. This will finally give the hockey community, or people wanting to try hockey, a place to play on a daily basis.”
– Josh Hanson
In the process of building the hockey rink, Josh assured the team that he had past carpentry experience and had helped build public skate parks before.
“Personally, I’m a huge fan of hockey. I love watching the game, but playing it even more. To think that Josh could develop an idea to create a hockey rink in the desert is brilliant. Executing that idea and bring it to fruition is simply outstanding. A huge congratulations goes out to Josh for this well-deserved award along with our gratitude for his service. Go Bolts!”
– Kenny Koehler, Pro Tool Reviews Managing Editor
As the winner, Ridgid will be giving away $2,000 worth of Ridgid Tools to Josh and the Defending the Blue Line Charity.
Build Your Community Ridgid Strong Honorable Mentions
While Josh was the big winner, several honorable mentions are also worth mentioning for their service to the community.
Mike Gallagher – Bike and Build Project
Scott Edwards – Boy Scouts of America, Troop 215 in Anderson, SC
Jason Wells – Church volunteer group building wheelchair ramps throughout the community
Joshua Nard – Project Manager of Rebuilding Together Pittsburgh which provides free home repairs to those in need
Aaron McManes – Junior carpentry class building a walking bridge for their city.