Buffalo Sabres’ Kaleta Starts HITS Foundation

Patrick_Kaleta 150Reaching the top echelons of professional sports can bring in plenty of money, but more importantly, it brings a wealth of opportunity. For the Buffalo Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta, a local boy, it was his chance to start the HITS Foundation. HITS is an acronym for Helping Individuals To Smile. The organization is so new that it doesn’t have a Web site yet. So for now, it’s public voice comes from the Buffalo News’ John Vogl.

Vogl noted that Kaleta “has a history of helping his communities. He would visit schools with his mother, Sandy, who works with handicapped children. He continued the charity work while playing junior hockey in Peterborough, Ont. After his only full season with the Sabres’ minor-league affiliate in Rochester, he was named the team’s Man of the Year.”

Kaleta told Vogl: “I realize that I’m in a position where I can help people have the opportunity to play hockey and have the same dream and goal to play for the Sabres. Growing up and seeing firsthand what people go through, I know Buffalo’s not the most money-crazy city in the world. There’s a lot of hard-working people here, and kids deserve a chance like I had.”

Click here to read Vogl’s entire piece (Buffalo News, 9/27).