THE HOCKEY FOUNDATION'S MANTRA
"To share happiness & change lives, one puck at a time.”
The Hockey Foundation's mission is to use ice hockey to reinforce character strengths, improve the quality of life and empower children in less fortunate regions of the world.
In its purest form, hockey can permanently and positively change the lives of all that come in contact with the game, as it can build and reinforce character strengths such as accountability, honesty, teamwork, selflessness, discipline and resiliency. Our vision is to reach children in communities around the world and use ice hockey to positively influence their lives, in the hopes of creating a better tomorrow...all while having some fun!
We don't claim to be able to solve all of the problems of the world, but since sports is recognized as being fundamental in the development of children (and adults!) by governments around the world (including the USA and Canada.), the United Nations, and countless foundations, we think we can do our part to make a difference nonetheless.
Our goal is to connect players from around the world. We want to see friendly hockey games being played by people of different races, religions, genders, social status, professions, etc. Yes, sports can create rivalries, but it can also create bonds. That's our focus!
Just because hockey isn't as widely played around the world as soccer/football, nor does it command the same global attention as baseball or American football, hockey players, coaches, referees and fans know that hockey is a game that thrives on passion, determination and teamwork in ways that don't compute when compared to other sports. And that says nothing about the conditioning required to play such a high intensity game through a unique mode of transportation: ice skating.
We use our mission and passion for the game (as well as having fun!) as a guiding light to making a difference for as many children as possible. That's our goal and our commitment.
THE HOCKEY FOUNDATION'S VALUES & PRINCIPLES
Beyond our mission & our vision, we have a set of values & principles that can be considered our compass for how to operate and how we hope (expect) the people and organizations we work with to similarly operate. The best way to represent these values & principles is through the words of incredibly smart & impactful people of our (humanity's) past & present. Their words of wisdom are a guiding light for The Hockey Foundation.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.” ― Mohandas Karamchand (Mahatma) Gandhi
"Every day is a great day for hockey" ― Mario Lemieux
"Human beings should be accountable. Leave god alone. He has enough problems." ― Elie Wiesel
"A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going to be." ― Wayne Gretzky
“We know only too well that what we are doing is nothing more than a drop in the ocean. But if the drop were not there, the ocean would be missing something.” ― Mother Teresa
"It is the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." —Charles Darwin
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.” —Confucious
“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.” ― Patanjali
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." ―Walt Disney
Respect the history, traditions and rules (international and NHL) of ice hockey
Uphold the highest level of moral conduct surrounding the game
Provide the greatest opportunity to those with the greatest need
Encourage growth of ice hockey in non-traditional regions
Foster the interaction of ice hockey fans & players from around the globe
Collaborate with people/organizations that feel passionate about ice hockey
Look for opportunities to support the growth of ice hockey wherever there is a desire to improve & we have the means/ability to help
The only way for us to achieve our goals & make a difference for the lives of children around the world is with your help. Please contact us if you want to be a part of our team, want to sponsor The Hockey Foundation and/or want to make a donation.