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The St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation

The St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation has announced that they has been awarded a St. Louis Blues Foundation grant for the upcoming 2022-2023 hockey season. The Youth Hockey Foundation provides financial support to young players who face financial difficulty. 


"We are grateful to be awarded this grant from the St. Louis Blues to be able to help more young players this season than ever before" said President of the Foundation, Kristin Heffington. "The Blues, since their beginning have not only ignited the local hockey community but have also been very supportive of youth hockey programs in the area. Our grants help cover the cost of hockey club dues for young players in need, and in return for the assistance the Foundation asks the young players to pay-it-forward in terms of community service. " 


Ice hockey is one of the most expensive team sports and as players get older and their skill levels improve, the costs rise significantly. "We don't want young players to have to quit playing” said Heffington. The grant recipients include AAA players, local club teams, and high school players.


The Youth Hockey Foundation was formed by a group of local hockey coaches and hockey parents in response to a local high school player who took his own life. He loved hockey and could no longer play, because he could not pay. The Foundation since then has tried to help as many young players that it can. The application window for grants is from mid-August until mid-October, each hockey season. For the upcoming 2022-2023 season the St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation has awarded 14 scholarships totaling over $31,000.


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