St. Mark’s, Salesianum hit the ice Jan. 26 for a cause


St. Mark’s and Salesianum have a lively rivalry in athletics, but the two schools are joining forces next week for a good cause.

The Spartans and Sals will face off in the fourth annual Hockey for a Cause, an ice hockey benefit for the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with Intellectual Disabilities (DFRC), the organization that runs the Blue-Gold activities. The game is scheduled for Jan. 26 at the Fred Ruse Ice Arena at the University of Delaware in Newark. The arena seats 1,800; last year’s game drew more than 1,300.

The evening begins with a junior varsity game between Delaware Military Academy and Salesianum, with the varsity to follow.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door.

Salesianum and St. Mark’s do not play each other during the regular season because they are in different leagues. The Sals play in the Inter-County Scholastic Hockey League, while St. Mark’s is a member of the Delaware Scholastic Hockey Association.

Hockey for a Cause has raised more than $15,000 for charity over the past three years. This year, DFRC is the selected beneficiary. DFRC has been raising money and consciousness for Delawareans with intellectual disabilities for more than 50 years. Founded in 1956, the nonprofit sponsors several events throughout the year, most notably the Blue-Gold All-Star Football Game in June. For more information, go to