At B&L Ott, we believe that there is nothing more rewarding than making a positive difference in the lives of others. When it comes to supporting the community, B&L Ott gives back in more ways than one. Our team works daily to keep your HVAC system running so you can keep your family comfortable. We strive to go above and beyond our friends and neighbors as well. One way we show support to the Berks County community is by sponsoring the Schuylkill Valley Ice Hockey team.
How Did Our Sponsorship Start?
The B&L Ott HVAC team is comprised of many Schuylkill Valley and Hamburg graduates. All of us have participated in some type of sport. We know how important athletics are. They keep students healthy and teach them valuable life skills. Our time spent playing organized sports helped shape us and develop our sense of team.
Everyone in our company focuses on the team as a whole – there is not a person at B&L Ott who puts themselves before the team. We all work together for a common goal – to serve others. When the Schuylkill Valley Ice Hockey League reached out in need of support, we were proud to become a sponsor.
How Do We Help?
B&L Ott provides sponsorship to help defray the team’s costs and make playing hockey more affordable for the students. We occasionally attend their games and have hosted multiple post-game pizza parties for the players.
On Friday, February 10th, we will also assist with the team’s senior night. Senior night is a special night that commemorates the senior player’s contribution to their team and honors their growth as athletes. All of the senior players will receive photos, frames, and balloons. We will also provide flowers for the mothers and cupcakes for the fathers. There will also be a special present for all of the players at the senior night party.
Everyone on the B&L Ott team participates in one way or another! Our technicians Eric & Nate recently attended one of Schuylkill Valley’s games. The office staff coordinates all of our donations to the team. Our techs even put together a box of B&L Ott T-Shirts for all the kids and parents. With everyone contributing, we can put our best foot forward for the team.
Why Do We Do It?
“We love contributing to the team, especially since so many of us graduated from Schuylkill Valley and played sports. Our belief is that organized sports with proper coaching can mold students into responsible adults. It can give them a sense of belonging, self-confidence, a teamwork attitude, discipline, loyalty, drive, and passion. All of these are features we look for in potential hires.
A team environment is one of the central themes within our company. There is no “I” – we all work together. No one works for me – they work with me; for themselves, their families and for our fellow team members and our customers. We work as a team. That sense of loyalty and dedication came from a lifetime of organized sports and the ‘hard working, never give up attitude’ instilled in me by ‘Pop’, Brian Ott, the founder of the company. You will be hard pressed to find someone who will work harder for everyone other than himself.
Anytime we can help to instill a sense of teamwork in kids, it is a huge win for us. We also participate with BCTC and the Co-Op program to employ students and help develop them into professionals. That partnership has brought us a huge sense of satisfaction that we receive as a team. Participating with the Schuylkill Valley sports teams was a logical extension – to give back to the school that gave so much, to so many of us.” -Ryan Ott