Past Grant Recipients
Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program:
In 2010, the Detroit Red Wings Foundation launched its signature program, the Detroit Red Wings School Youth Hockey Program, a street and floor hockey initiative in which the Wings provide equipment and hands-on instruction to local elementary schools. In partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and the Kroger Company of Michigan, the Wings visited one hundred fifteen elementary schools throughout Michigan during the 2014-15 season. Each school received two full sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and nets to encourage students to stay active and healthy through the sport of hockey.
The Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Red Wings Foundation will fund 115 school visits during the 2015-16 season!
Try Hockey for Free:
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation partnered with the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association (MAHA) to fund twenty on-ice, hockey clinics. The one day clinics introduced 898 children to the sport of hockey. For most, it was their first on-ice experience. The clinics introduce kids to basic hockey skills such as skating, puck handling and shooting. The Detroit Red Wings Foundation will fund thirty clinics during the 2012-13 season.
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation sponsored four teams from Knobby’s Kids in The Windsor Classic presented by Investors Group. Knobby’s Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping young athletes in Southwestern Ontario overcome financial obstacles associated with participating in team sports. The inaugural two-day street hockey challenge took place on Riverside Drive in Windsor, Ont., and proceeds benefited The Downtown Mission of Windsor.
The Wheelchair Hockey League (WCHL):
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation awarded $8,640 to the wheelchair hockey league to fund facility rental with The Salvation Army in Warren. Prior to the grant, the league didn’t have a concrete place to play. The WCHL is a Michigan based competitive floor hockey league for persons with physical disabilities.
Detroit Red Wings Battle Breast Cancer:
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation awarded grants totaling $66,732 to 20 families affected by breast cancer. Families that had a household member receiving treatment for breast cancer could apply for financial assistance to help pay for everyday living expenses such as rent, utility bills and groceries. The Detroit Red Wings Foundation announced the one-time grant program back in October of 2010 as part of the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer initiative.
The Salvation Army STRIVE Hockey Program:
STRIVE (Student Training for Integrity, Vitality and Education) is a 12-week hockey program that begins with basic floor hockey instruction and includes three on-ice experiences. The Detroit Red Wings Foundation gave a grant to fund this program at 11 Salvation Army locations throughout Southeast Michigan.
YMCA Ice-less Floor Hockey Program:
The Detroit Red Wings Foundation teamed up with The YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit to fund a floor hockey league at five YMCA branches: Farmington Hills, Milford, St. Clair Shores, Mt. Clemens and Auburn Hills. Children between the ages of 6 and 8 participated in the program and learned the benefits of good sportsmanship and teamwork.