Falcon hockey daughters making a difference
Written by By KEVIN GORDON Sentinel Assistant Sports Editor
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 09:31
Melissa and Jennifer Pikul, Shaylynn Galley and Stephanie Wilson designed and started selling T-shirts last spring in support of the Bowling Green Falcon hockey program.
Their project has almost become a full-time job.
The four Bowling Green State University students - all daughters of players on the Falcons' 1984 national championship team - have sold almost 500 T-shirts and raised almost $2,300 to purchase new carpeting for BG's locker room.
The orange shirts have Falcon hockey and crossed hockey sticks in brown on the front, and the phrase "Never Give Up! Never Surrender!" in brown on the back. The phrase was used by the 1984 Falcon hockey team.
The Pikuls are the daughter of Mike Pikul, while Shaylynn Galley is the daughter of Garry Galley, and Stephanie Wilson is the daughter of Wayne Wilson. All three dads were terrific defensemen, with Pikul and Wilson serving as co-captains of the 1984 team.
"The response to the T-shirts has been amazing. We never expected anything like this," Shaylynn Galley said. "The support for the hockey program has been overwhelming.
"The orders were coming in so fast when we started, it was like 'what do we do now?" Stephanie Wilson said.
The project began last spring after the university announced it was considering cutting the hockey program for budgetary reasons, although the school recently announced the program is safe.
The first printing of 200 shirts quickly sold out, and more were printed with the help of Wizard Graphics in BG.
"It's a way for the community to connect with the program and show their support," Jennifer Pikul said. "They might not have a lot of money to donate, but they can buy a T-shirt and get others to buy T-shirts. They just want to do as much as they can."
"It just gives me chills seeing people wear them," Stephanie Wilson said.
The shirts are $10 each, with $5.75 from each shirt going to the hockey program. The shirts are $15 by mail.
They're selling the shirts at as many community events as possible, and they'll be selling them at BG's home games. They've also received permission to sell them at the Mileti Alumni Center, prior to BG's home football games.
They're also hoping sales will increase with the start of the season on Oct. 3. The shirts came out at the end of the school year last spring and the girls barely had any time to market them to the students.
The athletics department is planning an "Orange Out" for one of its first home games, where fans will be encouraged to wear orange.
The girls and their project were featured in the university's alumni magazine recently.
"It's not just hockey alumni who want them, it's all alumni," Melissa Pikul said. "We've had orders from all around the country."
The new carpet includes the new Falcon logo. The old logo consisted of only the Falcon head.
Garry Galley suggested the new carpeting with the new logo when he was in the locker room in July for the hockey alumni golf outing.
"He thought this would be a great way to show people that we are making a difference," Shaylynn Galley said.
The hockey alumni drew about 80 players and all of them bought the shirts.
"We had all of the alums together in one room and everyone was wearing our shirt, that was really cool," Shaylynn Galley said. "They were buying shirts for themselves, their kids and family members.
"That was the biggest reward, to have them come up and thank us, and that we were standing up for the program and standing up for what we believe in."
Melissa Pikul and Jennifer Pikul, and Shaylynn Galley all are administrative assistants in the Falcon hockey office, while Stephanie Wilson works at the Ice Arena and as a marketing assistant in the athletics department.
Melissa Pikul is a senior, while Stephanie Wilson is a junior, and Jennifer Pikul and Shaylynn Galley are sophomores.
To order one of the shirts, e-mail
Stephanie Wilson, from left, Shalynn Galley, Jennifer Pikul and Melissa Pikul raised $2,000 selling t-shirts which was used for new carpeting in the BGSU hockey locker room. 9/17/09 (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 September 2009 18:52