A national charitable foundation established in late 2015 to assist Hockey Moms and their families has announced its first sponsorship of a college ice hockey team.
Brian Craven represented the board of directors of the newly formed Hockey Mom Foundation in presenting a $3,000 sponsorship check to UCF Knights Ice Hockey Head Coach Sean Weaver and his team after a team practice at the RDV Ice Den in Maitland on Jan. 13, 2016. The donation will be used to cover team expenses for the American College Hockey Association (ACHA) Division III team.
Since the ACHA is club-based at colleges and universities and the sport does not receive direct financial support from the schools, the teams including the UCF Knights must rely on sponsors and donations to pay all costs.
“This sponsorship means a lot because these kids have all lived the hockey life growing up, and they know how important it is to have strong support, starting with their hockey moms,” said Coach Weaver as he accepted the sponsorship check.
Brian Craven’s wife Pam was one of the hockey moms who helped inspire the creation of the Hockey Mom Foundation. She died in August 2015 after a courageous eight-year battle against a rare form of ovarian cancer. Craven and other hockey families from around the nation including Buffalo, NY, Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, IL came together in the fall of 2015 to begin a national campaign to celebrate, elevate and support all hockey moms.
The Hockey Mom Foundation is an all-volunteer national organization that exists to honor Hockey Moms everywhere by raising funds to make foundational donations towards non-profit causes focused on issues such as helping hockey players reach their educational goals, furthering cancer research including for brain, ovarian and breast cancer, and assisting with the care of cancer patients.
The Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, was selected as the first recipient of a Hockey Mom Foundation donation on Oct. 19, 2015, when $5,000 was presented to Roswell Park in memory of a Buffalo hockey mom who died from brain cancer. The doctor who treated her will use the money for a clinical trial of a new brain cancer vaccine. Then, on Dec. 7, 2015, Craven made the first donation in Florida by presenting more than $3,000 worth of unused medical equipment to be used in the hands-on training nursing-related healthcare programs at Lake Technical College in Eustis near Orlando.
“Sponsoring hockey teams is a natural fit for the Hockey Mom Foundation because the players make the perfect ambassadors for its mission of providing support for hockey moms and the sport at all levels,” Craven said.
The Hockey Mom Foundation is also sponsoring an AAU American Inline Hockey League team, the Arizona Ghostriders based in Phoenix, and the Florida Ghostriders, a Pro-level AAU inline hockey team based in Eustis, FL.
“We will be looking for other opportunities to sponsor ice and inline hockey teams and provide individual player scholarships as we grow the Hockey Mom Foundation,” Craven said.
Hockey Mom Foundation
The Hockey Mom foundation was originally inspired by a group of Hockey Moms in Buffalo, NY, nicknamed “The Gators.” They motivated scores of hockey players to excel both on and off the ice from the early 1970’s well into the new century. Their legacy, along with all Hockey Moms across the globe, will be felt for generations. For more information or to donate to the Hockey Mom Foundation, visit the website at www.hockeymomfoundation.org, or the Hockey Mom Foundation Facebook page.