ST. LOUIS BLUES SUPPORT The St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation
St. Louis Blues’ charitable trust donates $5,000 to assist youth hockey nonprofit
(St. Louis, Mo., Dec. 1, 2022) – The St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation recently received a $5,000 grant from Blues for Kids, the charitable trust of the St. Louis Blues. The St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation – a nonprofit that provides financial support to young players who face financial difficulty – will use the grant money for the upcoming 2023 hockey season.
Blues for Kids’ mission is to positively impact programs and services that improve health and wellness of youth in the St. Louis area. To date the program has contributed more than $11 million to the St. Louis community.
This year the St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation has awarded 14 grants to help young players continue playing hockey. Financial support is given to local club teams, as well as AAA and high school players based upon an individual’s need and family circumstances. In exchange for these scholarships, youth recipients pay-it-forward through volunteerism and community service.
“The St. Louis Blues’ grant allows us to assist more young players this season than ever before,” said St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation president Kristin Heffington. “Since its beginning, the Blues have not only ignited the local hockey community but have also been very supportive of youth hockey programs in our area.” Heffington added that “the cost of hockey rises as players get older, and we don’t want anyone to stop playing based on their financial situation.”
Founded in 2018, the St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation was created to give all local hockey players the ability to participate in this costly sport. The nonprofit was formed by local hockey coaches and hockey parents in response to a local De Smet Jesuit High School hockey player who struggled with mental illness and took his own life.
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