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Exclusive Interview (Jake Adkins and Andy Walker) | Episode 84

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On this week's episode of the #EShow we welcome Jake Adkins and Andy Walker onto the podcast. Adkins and Walker are a pair of forwards heading into their junior year at UMass Boston, but are also known as the 'Men in Blades'. Last summer, Adkins and Walker rollerbladed from Massachusetts to Michigan in an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Fast forward a year later, and it's time for version #2 of the Men in Blades. Coming up on Saturday, August 21st, Adkins and Walker will be hosting a 10k event at Braintree High School, as they continue in their efforts to raise money for ACS.

Welcome to the e show with Neil Raven. With over one zero NCAA commitments, the ehl is the proven path to college. Turn it up and learn more about the college placement leader at the division two and three levels. Welcome to the east show presented by the penalty box foundation. The foundation's mission centers around their daily motto we take care of our own as they help out all of those within the hockey community who've experienced a catastrophic event. Learn more at penalty box foundation dot Org. What's up? My name is Neil Raven. This episode number eighty four of the e show, and on this week's episode we welcome Jake Adkins and Andy Walker to the PODCASTS. Atkins and Walker are a pair of forwards heading into their junior year at you mask Boston, but they're also known as the men and blades. Last summer, Atkins and Walker Roller bladed from Massachusetts to Michigan and an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Fast forward a year later and it's time for version number two of the men and blades. Coming up on Saturday August twenty one, Atkins and Walker will be hosting a K event at braintree high school as they continue on their efforts to raise money for ACS. I'm joined now by Jake Adkins and Andy Walker from you mass, Boston. How's it going, guys? Good. Thanks for having US and thanks for coming on the PODCAST. Guess we're recording this on August eleven, dropping the episode August twelve, a little over a week away from what you're calling men and blades to version two. Who came up with the idea for the for the men and blades? The name, though, the Jay, you take it. We kind of went back and forth on thinking of names. I think I ended up coming with the men up with the men and blades one. But Andy and I both came up with the fundraiser idea in general and we had originally thought of blader boys as being one of the ideas and back quickly dissipated. And I think...

...men and blades it's stuck. Kind of ran with the men in black thing and I think it was kind of clever to do the suits. And obviously we look like a bunch of clowns, but I think that's kind of the point, is to have something positive and get people laughing. So and I think most people know what version one was, but it was a skate for you guys from Massachusetts to Michigan. So you say that the men and blades idea is kind of both of you in general, but one of you had to have the idea first to skate that far right. Yeah, so cind of stuff. Spot roller blades kind of out of the blue, hoping that weird play some roller hockey and turn the stay in shape, and then coronahead and next thing we knew we're just blazing around the city and we kept going further and further every day and that just turned into us. One day I looked at Jake and just said, how much money would it take to go all the way to La and we kind of talked about it, talked about it, we looked into it a bunch and then turned out we decided Michigan was a more suitable and realistic goal and they get took us probably a week or two to decide that American cancer society would be our donations and then kind of just started planning from that and you completed the skate this past this past year, from the Massachusetts to Michigan. For those that don't know, Jake is an alumni of the New Hampshire avalanche. Andy technically is not an alumni of the eastern hockey league, but it feels like you kind of are because there's been so much that you've done together. Obviously, being team Assy, you mask Boston. How quickly did you guys just form the connection with each...

...other? Well, as soon as the season ended last year pretty much everyone on the whole team left. Andy and I were good buddies the whole season and then as soon as everyone left, andy and I stayed during Covid we just stayed in Boston together and ended up moving in together and out of utter boardom you saw this roller blade across the country. Maybe we should. Yeah, now, after you complete that trip. Obviously people kind of picked up the story as you were on the journey in a lot more afterwards. When when did you guys have to kind of pinch your stuff and realize we just did something pretty special? It took a while for it to sink in, honestly. Probably we took like a month off from doing anything in general after and I guess just as soon as we saw the big check come in for a American Cancer Society and we gave it to Teresa Freeman, who's our representative for their it really just was like wow, I literally can't even believe this. But we got to keep it going. We gotta, we got to add onto that running total. We Amit. We started brainstorming ideas and number one idea was never roller blade that far again. Okay, I'm going to ask. Yeah, we got that out of the way. Yeah, I got that one out of the way. Well, what was the recovery process like? Like, I can't even imagine how store you guys were. Yeah, I mean I know I stayed back in Michigan for two weeks I and didn't really do anything late in the a see, and then when I came back to Boston, I met up with Jake. Obviously I moved everything back in and I think he was still sleep in. One morning I was like I should do a body squat. When to do a body squat? Fell...

...down. I was like oof, maybe some so I think probably three weeks and I was doing body weight stuff again. Okay, it during the journey. Will there ever moments when you said to yourself, like we're not going to make it to Michigan? I'd say almost almost every day we have. I mean it was like a hundred miles a day, close to so we'd have we'd have our moments where we're like all right, we got this, we're doing well, and then the yeah, the other side of the day we're like, oh my God, like I can't believe how hard this is. Yeah, at the end of the day, it was just all the people following us and in support of us and we just kept seeing the donations go up. So we knew that we absolutely couldn't turn back. Yep. And then, you know, I said that the pincher selfline earlier, when you get nominated for the hockey commanitarian award later on that year, was that in even bigger a moment for you guys? After the check I think, well, what the Siren passed by? Yeah, I think both of us. I know when we got accepted. We took about a week to apply for the Hockumanitarian and once we got accepted as one of the finalists, it was a huge moment. And now there's a few interviews in there and we're super excited just to be a part of being in that elite group of, you know, it's Terryan finalists. I know we were both pretty bummed out when we didn't receive the award, but I think that's just going to push us and strive us to do something like this event and hopefully it takes off and helps out well. That's a great transition then, because was it not receiving that award or was it the money that you raise? What was the bigger motivator to come back a year later and do something, something else?...

Definitely the money. Okay, I know the award might look good on our resumes and obviously it would have been a feel good a ward, but I think seeing all that money we raised was unbelievable feeling, at least for me. I know Jake feels the same way as well, and you guys immediately crossed off skating that far again. So how did you come up with the with the K idea that you've come up with for this year? Well, we knew we wanted to do something where we could incorporate the public and I think that with all the stuff with covid pretty much slowing down and everyone being more comfortable with going out and being together, we thought it would be a great opportunity to have everyone congregate together again, and we entitled it the back to school blade off on, because that's really what it is. It's yeah, we're all coming back to school in two weeks after the event and it's just a chance for all of us to come and meet together do all the things. We make up for lost time, basically. and Are you rollerblading and this? So we talked about it. I think we're going to do the roller we got a lot of stuff to coordinate on the day of and make sure it all goes swimmingly. Okay, we're going to roller blade the day before record of time and then have that time be like the men and blades club. So, okay, before that time, then you you made it into the club. Okay. So for the for the participants that have signed up so far, is it kind of a mixed bag of people that are skating, walking and running? Yeah, I would say so. I know some of the ACS crew being there, siblings or spouses. I believe they are walking. Okay, maybe even skateboarding. A bunch of our friends...

...will be skating and I'm assuming all the hockey teams that sign up will be skating, but there's also a ton of young kids and parents who I believe we'll be walking. was that a cool part to see other colleges in the area, you know, as quickly as they did sign up for this event? Yeah, I think that was awesome. Just even though they're rivals on the ice, we can all get together and support the same cause. I think that feels that feels incredible. And in terms of your college, how much says that the UMS Boston community kind of got behind you guys, and when you're walking around campus nowadays, if people recognize you, I haven't walked around campus. Yeah, fair enough, but how is it the athletic department, with the stories that they posted and stuff, how they got behind behind what you guys have been doing? It's incredible. I think they've been a set's been a huge part of this whole journey. He's gotten most of the staff, if not all the staff, on board to do everything they could, especially on our first journey. So that was huge part all the stories and he continued this year with shooting our Promo video, which was awesome. So it's been incredible. The staff has been seconds, not in support. And was there any conversation? I have to ask you, guys. Is there any conversation to get your coach out there skating with you guys. We should tell him to bring the blades. I know he's going to be. He's going to be an attendance. Okay, to him yesterday about it, so he'll be there for support, probably to speak on behalf of the school as well, but we do got to get him a pair of blade so I'd love to see him flying around. Did he say you guys were crazy when you were skating as far as you did last year? Oh, yeah,...

...he said we were nuts, but most people would say, Oh, you guys are like that sounds crazy, you're crazy. But honestly, the first thing he said was, oh, like, I want to make sure you guys are safe, like just be safe, like we're helmets. Like, yeah, it's when you go into places, because it was right in the heart of covid and yeah, that was that really hit different, like it different because he was so caring and that way. Yeah, and you guys have like a team following you, which obviously you're on the spotlight being the two kids that are skating across across the country there, but can you talk more about the team that was kind of following you on the journey? Yeah, the team was assembled it was to my high school friends and then one of Jake's Colorado friends. I believe they went to high school together and they were incredible. I know they kind of put their needs aside and I can't even imagine. I still took my hat to them driving ten miles an hour for ten days straight, but never once complained. They knew, I mean they had to deal with us and we weren't always pleasant when we'd stop. So I definitely tip my hat to him. It was without them I don't think we would have made it to worcester. Are they all involved again this year? Yeah, I think. I know. Sydney's coming and DNTE will be there. I believe Aaron's on a family trip but she's still trying and there's been teams like the Providence Bruins who have gotten on board with you guys this year. When it comes to organizations that are as big as that that are getting involved again, I don't want to reuse this line, but get to kind of pinch yourself and say, like we're actually making a pretty big name for ourselves. Yeah, I mean it feels it feels incredible to...

...have all the support that we do and I think that having Samboni out there is going to be really cool for the kids. You be flying around. Yeah, all age groups welcome and I don't know, I just I do feel like I have to pitch myself sometimes a lot. It is pretty overwhelming. And this event is coming up. For those keeping along at home, it's coming up on Saturday August twenty one at braintree high school. And can people sign up kind of right up until the event? Could they even walk up that day? Yeah, I believe. I know we talked about it. Oh, sorry, we have meetings normally weekly or Bi weekly with acs and I think that was one of the big things we wanted, because I know even our friends haven't signed up, some of them, some of our teammates. So I think if you just walk up you wanted to sign up, you're free to do so to braintree high school. If you wanted to sign up beforehand, I believe there's a length. Maybe you can pop up or send out. Okay, and like with this, when I'll post this as well, I'll make sure to include that donation link combined together so that you guys can say the number out allowed to make yourselves feel even more proud how much have you raised in two years behind this men in blades, name over, probably about thirty four thousand. Now, okay, that's pretty special. Yeah, and and people can donate right up until the event. Correct, Yep, and I believe what we're going to do is have andy and I sitting at at the stand signing people in and the man getting them tshirts and stuff. And if you if you're not currently signed up, you can pay cash or just sign up right there on the website. I can walk people through it. But okay, you can sign up right until the day...

...of the event. It starts at nine am and I believe we're going to be doing check in from Ezero to nine. So okay, cool. Well, I've been making my donation after repost this as well. And then and then for me personally, guys, the next time I'll see you is our exhibition game, which is on Saturday October twenty three. We get to found the bring this back temhl versus you mask Boston. So we'll see you guys then. Awesome. So much. Thank you. Thanks for listening to the e show. Learn more at Eastern Hockey League Dot Org and follow us on Facebook, twitter, instagram and Youtube. Also be sure to subscribe and get notified when next week's PODCAST is released.

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