We here at Hockey Wilderness are always willing to chime in with a jab or snide remark regarding the talent (or lack thereof) of one of the highly paid NHL players, coaches, executives... well, pretty much anyone. The site is run by two self described bitter, sarcastic gentlemen who believe that if a smart ass comment can't be made, that someone isn't trying hard enough.
However, we will always stop for a moment to acknowledge the good things that come from having an NHL franchise based in your area.
For example, the programs sold at Wild games benefit youth hockey. You knew that. Did you know that the Prairie Island Indian Community (think: Treasure Island) matches those donations dollar for dollar? That's some big time money, as you will find out after the jump. As a hockey fan, as a father, and as someone who works to help children play hockey, I extend a very warm and heartfelt THANK YOU to them for doing so.
Also after the jump, a drive to ensure that families can afford one of the most basic needs for their babies. Diapers. I have been told there is a commercial for this Hockey for Huggies drive with Brent Burns and Nick Schultz. Regardless, this is your chance to help, and perhaps win some nice prizes. Details are at the bottom, but basically, bring a box of diapers to the game on February 1st, get some stuff, and maybe win some stuff. Good stuff.
Make the jump for all of the details. Thank you, again, to the Prairie Island Indian Community, to the Minnesota Wild, and to Wild fans for helping make all this happen.
PRAIRIE ISLAND INDIAN COMMUNITY/MINNESOTA WILD FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM HELPS 147 ST. PAUL KIDS PLAY HOCKEY
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild is pleased to announce that through a match program from the Prairie Island Indian Community for Wild game programs sold last season, the Prairie Island Indian Community has donated $95,882 to the Minnesota Wild Foundation. The donation was distributed evenly between Minnesota Hockey and a new Prairie Island Indian Community/Minnesota Wild Scholarship program allowing kids in St. Paul to play hockey that wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity. Also, for the second consecutive year, the Prairie Island Indian Community made an additional donation of $10,000 to Disabled Hockey in Minnesota.
"By making this generous donation, the Prairie Island Indian Community has, once again, shown their support and dedication to youth hockey in Minnesota," said Minnesota Wild Foundation Executive Director, Amy Woog Patnode. "This partnership allows us to contribute to something we feel is very important and do our part to help preserve the great hockey tradition of St. Paul and help families afford to play the game they love."
St. Paul families requiring financial assistance in order to keep their kids playing hockey were encouraged to apply for a scholarship which would credit their youth hockey association fees. The St. Paul associations that were eligible for the grants included players from Johnson/Como, Highland, Edgcumbe and Langford. There are currently 1,085 players registered in these four associations. A total of 212 applications were received from 177 families for the scholarship dollars. In late November 2010, $47,500 was awarded as partial or full scholarships distributed among 147 kids from 109 deserving St. Paul families. Recipients were chosen by the Prairie Island Indian Community/Minnesota Wild Scholarship Grant Committee.
"As a father, I felt helpless and disheartened this summer when my wife and I sat down with our four boys and told them that for the first time in 7 years, for financial reasons, we could not allow them to play the sport they loved," said Eric Moberg, father of four boys involved in the Johnson/Como Youth Hockey Association. "When we heard about the scholarship opportunity, we applied and were fortunate enough to receive a grant to cover the boys' hockey fees. I'd like to express my heartfelt and truly humbling thank you to the Prairie Island Indian Community and the Minnesota Wild Foundation for this immeasurable gift to our family."
"The Prairie Island Indian Community is excited about the new scholarship program offered this year," said Victoria Winfrey, Prairie Island Indian Community Tribal Council President. "The 147 scholarships will make a positive impact in the lives of the kids. This program really connects with our mission of working with young people and helping them achieve goals and develop leadership skills that will help them throughout their lives."
For more information on the Minnesota Wild Foundation, visit www.wild.com or call 651-602-6000. To learn more about the Prairie Island Indian Community visit www.treasureislandcasino.com. -- WILD -- Follow the Minnesota Wild on Twitter and Facebook.
MINNESOTA WILD TO PARTICIPATE IN HOCKEY FOR HUGGIES Diaper Drive to benefit The Diaper Drive in Minneapolis set for Tuesday, Feb. 1 SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Minnesota Wild today announced that it will participate in the National Hockey League-wide Hockey for Huggies promotion. The Wild will hold a diaper drive at the team's game on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Xcel Energy Center, with proceeds benefitting The Diaper Drive in Minneapolis. Fans donating a box of diapers or a monetary donation of $10 at section 121 will receive a buy one, get one free voucher to an upcoming Wild game. They will also have the opportunity to play PLINKO to win great prizes like game tickets and signed memorabilia.
The Minnesota Wild is one of the first NHL teams to embrace the Hockey for Huggies campaign, which draws attention to the Every Little Bottom Initiative. The campaign launches Jan. 28, during NHL All-Star weekend.
Monetary donations will also be accepted throughout the month of February, through a text-to-donate campaign. Two Wild families - Burns and Schultz - will act as spokespeople for the Wild's Hockey for Huggies campaign. In addition, the team will be posting baby photos of Wild players on its Facebook page beginning the first week in February; fans can match the photos to win prizes.
The Diaper Drive in Minneapolis also has drop off locations in Alexandria and Duluth.
Huggies Every Little Bottom: One in three American mothers struggles to provide their babies with the diapers in need. In response, Huggies has developed the Every Little Bottom Initiative as a sustainable program to address diaper need in the U.S. and Canada. Working with retail partners, local diaper banks and national organizations such as March of Dimes, United Way and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Huggies is determined to draw attention and donations to help alleviate the need. This program was launched in June 2010.
Hockey for Huggies: Partnering with Huggies and all 30 NHL clubs to launch a one month Hockey for Huggies campaign which is designed to compliment and draw attention to the Every Little Bottom Initiative.