Hockey East's Skating Strides program was honored in May 2016 by Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center at the one hundred, a fundraising and awareness initiative that honors those that have displayed a commitment to fighting cancer.
Skating Strides has also given the student-athletes the opportunity to give back to the communities in which they study and play hockey. Through the efforts of the Hockey East association and its memeber schools, charitable donations have been made by Skating Strides to several New England organizations, including the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Lewiston, Maine; the Gloria Gemma Foundation in Providence, Rhode Island; the Vermont Cancer Center in Burlington, Vermont, and two Massachusetts organizations: the Friends of Mel Foundation and the Ellie Fund.
All 12 member schools, both men's and women's programs, will again participate in the 2016-17 Skating Strides campaign. With special nights coming to each campus this season, fans will have an opportunity to see their favorite team play for Hockey East supremacy while also contributing to a cause greater than itself. A full schedule of Skating Strides game nights will be publised here.
For more information, please contact Kathy Wynters at 781-245-2122, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2016-17 Skating Strides Schedule
|All proceeds from Skating Strides 2015-2016 to benefit the following breast cancer charities:|
UConn Youth Clinic raises nearly $5,000 for Skating Strides! Hosted by the women's hockey team, over 100 kids age 6 -12 participated in this annual event on Martin Luther King Day. Everyone was in Pink!
The Maine women's team had the opportunity to meet "Dr. McDreamy", Patrick Dempsey, star of TV's "Grey's Anatomy". A Lewiston, Maine native, Dempsey opened the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing, in honor of his mom who is a cancer survivor. Through the Friends of Mel Foundation, a donation of over $8,000 was made to the Dempsey Center in 2013 from that seasons' Skating Strides event in Orono, keeping the money raised in Maine, in the state.