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STL Blues support STL Youth Hockey Foundation

The St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation has announced that they have 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 the most expensive team sport and as players get older and their skill levels improve, the costs rise significantly. "We do not want young players to have to quit playing or play at a lower, less expensive skill level because of financial challenges, said Heffington, "We don't want any hockey player to be left behind." The grant recipients include Triple A 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 13 scholarships totaling over $30,000.

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2022 St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation Grants

The St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation announced it has awarded 13 grants to young players in the local hockey community for this upcoming season. These grants, also called merit-based scholarships, have been created to help young players and their families who face financial difficulties in continuing to play hockey.

“Hockey is without question, the most expensive team sport and our foundation’s mission is to help those who face having to either stop playing, or play at a lower, less-expensive skill level due to financial constraints” said Kristin Heffington, President of the organization.  “We are gratified to be able to help more young players this season than ever before. We have had successful fund-raising events, and recently support from the St. Louis Blues. We are optimistic about being able to help many more young players next year and in the future.”

The grants are paid to the player’s hockey club to help cover their expenses. In return for the grant, the St. Louis Youth Hockey Foundation asks the players to perform community service and pay it forward.

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