Give Blood Play Hockey Gets Assist From Anaheim Ducks’ Power Players

Give Blood Play Hockey

The 2008 Give Blood Play Hockey tournament was held recently in Irvine, Calif. The Power Players of the Anaheim Ducks were on hand to help present the perennial Blood Cup (Give Blood Play Hockey).

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Dallas Business Journal Profiles Charitable Efforts of Dallas Pro Teams

Dallas Stars Foundation

The Dallas Business Journal’s Katherin Cromer Brock wrote under the header, “Rangers, Stars in Midst of Reorganizing the Focus of Work Done by foundations.”

Cromer Brock: “Charities affiliated with pro sports teams in Dallas gave away $2.3 million in 2006, the last year for which complete filing information is available. But their strategies for giving varied widely and two of the teams — the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars — are in the midst of refocusing their efforts.”

Sports Philanthropy Project Executive Director Greg Johnson said, “The challenge is to do it the right way, to have mission, focus, make it comprehensive and impactful. You can’t just do good to do good.”

Rangers: Cromer Brock added that The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation “is looking to develop a more specific focus, while widening its exposure in the community.” Rangers Senior Executive Vice President Jim Sundberg said that “the new focus could be on children’s charities — a common theme for sports charities.”

Stars: Meanwhile, Dallas Stars Foundation Executive Director Carla Rosenberg said that the organization, “which also supports educational and children’s charities, has worked to develop widespread brand recognition and is attempting to be wiser in its fundraising efforts.”

Going Forward: Cromer Brock also wrote that sports foundations “are likely to become even more focused in years to come, as they angle to increase impact and visibility in their communities.” Sources said that, “as that transformation happens, … corporations will become more and more connected with local teams and their local causes as companies try to stay linked culturally with their target audiences” (Dallas Business Journal, 10/17).

Read the complete story at www.sportsphilanthropy.com.

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Run Phil Run: Rosenstein Going Coast-to-Coast for Mario Lemieux Foundation

Run Phil Run - Mario Lemieux Foundation

Phil Rosenstein is in the middle of a cross-country run to raise awareness and funds for the Mario Lemieux Foundation. The 38-year-old Rosenstein is running the entire Route 66 from Santa Monica, Calif. to Chicago, Ill. and then continuing on to Atlantic City, NJ to complete the transcontinental run. In addition to filing reports on the Foundation’s Web site, Rosenstein also has his own spot on the Internet at www.runphilrun.com. At presstime, Rosenstein is running through Kansas (Mario Lemieux Foundation).

During his trip through Oklahoma, Rosenstein was profiled by the Tulsa World’s Matt Barnard, who noted that Rosenstein “logs about 35 miles every day toting his supplies — including peanut butter and instant mashed potatoes for a boost of energy — in a baby stroller built for joggers. Along the way he promotes the charity and gives people information about its programs” (Tulsa World, 10/1).

Award Winner: The Mario Lemieux Foundation was named the recipient of the Outstanding Foundation of 2008 by The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Mario Lemieux Foundation).

HEROS Hockey Program Making Canada’s Pastime More Affordable for Kids

In Calgary, Sean Myers profiles HEROS Hockey Camp. HEROS, which stands for Hockey Education Reaching Out Society, “is a program that offers economically disadvantaged kids in southeast Calgary a chance to play hockey once a week until spring break with coaches, mentors and brand new pads and skates.” Myers notes the 36 kids are involved in the camp.

The ice time “is given by the Calgary Minor Hockey Association, the funding is from Telus and the equipment from the NHL Players’ Association.” Myers adds that “as some families struggle with rising costs, more are also turning to financial assistance programs such as those offered by Hockey Calgary in partnership with the Calgary Flames and through an organization called KidSport.”

KidSport: KidSport “offers financial assistance to qualifying families for equipment and registration costs in 37 sports. Last year, it aided 1,100 kids across the city — 178 of them hockey players.” Among the programs by KidSport, the HEROS camp “is unique in that it also tries to address self-esteem issues and instill leadership qualities in kids who may not have a stable home life but love to play hockey” (Calgary Herald, 10/3).

Second Annual Grassroots Inline Hockey Tourney Begins Tomorrow in California

Give Blood Play Hockey

This year’s Give Blood Play Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament kicks off tomorrow in Irvine, Calif.

The second-year event, held through Sunday, is devoted to helping charitable causes including Children’s Hospital of Orange County, the Orange County Blood Bank and the National Marrow Donor Program through our Be A Hero, Become A Donor program.

Looking Back: The successful 2007 event attracted 50 youth, high school and adult teams from across the state to compete for the perennial Blood Cup. Anaheim Ducks C Ryan Getzlaf was even on hand to speak to players and later joined them for photo opportunities and an autograph session. Last year’s event was covered by local broadcast media and received attention in national magazine coverage and internet articles. In the end, the event raised $32,000 for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County and 107 pints of life-giving blood in a blood drive for the Orange County Blood Bank.

The Vision: The story of how Give Blood Play Hockey began is an inspiring tale. What makes the story pleasant is the fact that the event was started by a high school student named Mary Quayle. The Give Blood Play Hockey Web site puts it like this:

“Mary approached her high school hockey club with the GBPH tournament idea and quickly gained their acceptance. She then approached her high school’s administration but their participation was declined over concerns for hurdles including liability. Undaunted, Mary took up the challenge with her hockey clubs and teams, and her father, Dale.”

“Through the team members and their parental support, the organization began to take form and the concept began to blossom. By the late Spring of 2007, committees were formed, tasks assigned and the concept began to take shape. Seeking to fill in the blanks, Mary and her band of volunteers made all the necessary connections to help make her idea for the Give Blood – Play Hockey Inline Hockey Charity Tournament 2007 a reality” (Give Blood Play Hockey).

Mark Messier, Fox News’ Neil Cavuto Discuss Charitable Giving Amid Financial Crisis

NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier was on Fox News’ “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Tuesday to discuss charitable giving during tough times. Messier was in New York to be honored for his work with the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund.

At one point during his interview with Cavuto, Messier said, “Well I think it’s always a concern. I’m like everybody else, I always find it tough to ask people for money. But not only do I think it’s our obligation but I think it’s our duty to help families really suffered in the cricis that we’ve seen after 9/11. There was 300 families that this particular fund was was supporting after 9/11 that raised to over 700 families there’s a tremendous amount of pressure financially on their charity to continue to support these families have lost her her husband loved ones. And I think the biggest thing for me is that people can’t be afraid to donate little amounts of money.” Click Here to watch the interview.

Since his retirement in January 2006, Messier has been actively involved with several charitable causes, including the Tomorrow’s Children Fund, which named Messier the 1996 “Humanitarian of the Year,” and Hackensack University Medical Center, which unveiled the “Mark Messier Skyway for Tomorrow’s Children” in 2006.

Cleveland Sports Teams’ and Players’ Charitable Giving Profiled

In Cleveland, Bill Lubinger writes under the header, “The Giving Game: Cleveland Pro Teams Step Up When It Comes to Local Charity Work.”

Lubinger: “You need a scorecard to identify all the sports-inspired charities. Most pro leagues and teams have one – the Browns, Indians and Cavaliers included. Community service has also become trendy among players.”

The “incentive” for players is “mixed,” according to Sports Philanthropy Project Executive Director Greg Johnson, who added that “for many, it’s genuine — millionaires who want to give back.” Johnson also said, “You’re also having their agent saying, ‘This is the thing to do. This will help you with your marketing. This is part of your total package.'”

Guidestar President & CEO Bob Ottendorf said that for some athletes, “charitable giving is orchestrated by their financial advisors for the tax break.” Ottendorf: “”Some athletes are extremely generous with their time and money, and there are some who are surprised to hear that there’s a charity with their name attached to it” (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 9/15).

More Coverage: Lubinger also penned stories on the Cleveland Browns Foundation, the Cleveland Indians Charities, and Cavaliers Youth Fund as part of his “The Giving Game” series.

Reds’ Weathers Looks Forward to Upcoming Charity Events; Hurricanes Recognized

The TimesDaily’s Gregg DeWalt wrote that with the MLB season coming to an end, Cincinnati Reds P David Weathers “is beginning to turn his attention to his charity events.”

Last year, David Weathers Charities “raised $81,000 for a variety of projects that benefit Lawrence County, Tenn. He’s hoping that the 2008 events, which include a dinner/concert/auction and golf tournament, will surpass the 2007 total.”

Weathers: “All of the money we raise goes back into the Lawrence County community. We give 6 college scholarships each year, send students to FCA leadership camp, and in the past have bought playground equipment and resurfaced basketball courts in two city parks just to name some of our projects” (TimesDaily, 9/9).

Carolina Hurricanes: The Carolina Hurricanes have been an integral part of the Devils Ridge Charity Golf Classic. In a press release, the golf event stated that “with [the Hurricanes’] generous help the Devils Ridge Charity Golf Classic has raised over $80,000 since its inception in 2005. It is organizations like the Hurricanes through [their] community involvement and [their] strong sense of community that the Devils Ridge Charity Golf Classic has become one of the most prestigious prostate cancer events in the nation” (Devils Ridge Charity Golf Classic).

Retired Wing Drake Looking to Future as Youth Hockey Coach and Advocate

The Traverse City Record-Eagle runs an editorial today giving “cheers” to retired Detroit Red Wings LW and local resident Dallas Drake “for bringing the Stanley Cup to the Open Space on Labor Day. More than 1,300 fans paid to have their pictures taken with the Cup, with proceeds — more than $40,000 — going to the Grand Traverse Hockey Association’s New Skater Fund.” The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup in June (Traverse City Record-Eagle, 9/8).

Drake said, “When I retired, I decided to dive head-first into the GTHA, and I couldn’t think of a better way to kick it off than by bringing hockey’s biggest prize to downtown Traverse City. … We’d like to get kids going in the sport of hockey at a young age, and not all of them can. But this isn’t a one-time effort. We’re hoping to raise enough, and to keep this thing going so it can continue to help kids get involved for years down the road.”

NAHL.com noted that Drake “is set to help coach his daughter’s squirt team and son’s PeeWee club” (NAHL.com, 9/7).

Good Devils: In Newark, Rich Chere covered the Devils’ Alumni Charity Golf Classic this past weekend, and noted that “29 current and former Devils players [participated] in the annual event, along with owner Jeff Vanderbeek (Newark Star-Ledger, 9/8).

McCarty Hosts Charity Game to Benefit Children’s Hospital and Foundation

Detroit Red Wings F Darren McCarty “tossed the gloves several times–to play fight — in the” charity hockey game to raise funds for the Driscoll Valley Children’s Hospital and the McCarty Cancer Foundation Wednesday night at RGV Ice Center in Hidalgo, Texas.

McCarty, along with former minor league teammate Joe Cirone, hosted the charity game featuring past and present Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees team members and Central Hockey League stars. Cirone is currently a candidate for the Bees head coaching position (KGBT4.com, 7/17).

Oiler Ladies Making a Play in the Edmonton Community

Edmonton Oilers in the Community (1:15)

Heidi Pisani, wife of Edmonton Oilers RW Fernando Pisani, talks about the efforts of the Oiler wives and girlfriends in the community.

Chef’s Special: Joe Dipenta to Serve Up Lasagna for Charity

The Bleacher Report’s Ken Armer writes that pro hockey players “have always seemed like some of the most giving individuals in the sports world.”

It was recently announced that Anaheim Ducks D Joe Dipenta “will serve as a guest chef at a special fundraising event” at an Anaheim restaurant on June 19. Dipenta and wife Jessica “will be serving a family recipe of Dipenta Lasagna.” The food will be “served by Ducks teammates Chris Pronger and George Parros.”

The proceeds raised will benefit Caterina’s Club, nonprofit organization founded by the restaurant’s owner Bruno Serato to benefit the Anaheim Boys & Girls Club. Armer: “Each night 100 hot meals will be dilvered by Serato and distributed to children of Orange County’s working poor who reside in low-cost motels” (Bleacher Report, 5/30).