ZEBRAS CARE FOUNDATION
Once again this season, our Zebras Care Foundation is back and is stronger than ever!
In our quest to bring joy to children across North America and to grow the great game of hockey, the Zebras Care charity was formed in the hopes of providing the opportunity for underprivileged and sick children to visit with many of our NHLOA members and to attend a National Hockey League game in person.
Since its creation in 2007, hundreds of kids have now enjoyed the pre-game officials dressing room visits where they got to meet the game’s on-ice officials and spend some quality time with them. From asking all their rule’s questions or general hockey questions, learning the behind the scenes preparation that the officials go through every game, having the chance to step on the ice in some cases (some lucky kids even got the chance to sit in the penalty box), these visits are always a great moment for both the kids and the officials.
In addition to the pre-game dressing room visits, NHLOA members have also been part of hospitals visits. In 2009, The Zebras Care Foundation was proud to be a sponsor of the Infusion Centre at the Buffalo Women's and Children's Hospital. The Infusion Centre is a room where children go to receive many types of infusions, ranging from blood dialysis to chemo treatments. These treatments can last anywhere from one to eight hours. Zebras Care, with help from singer and NHLOA friend John McDerrmott, purchased individual gaming systems for the centre which are used by the children during their treatments. More recentely, we supplied several iPads to the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre, located in Calgary, Alberta. This innovative centre offers hope, help and healing to children, youth and families impacted by child abuse.
This year will be an exciting one! Our charity is welcoming a major partner in Tim Hortons. In fact, Tim Hortons will help us bring this initiative to another level by sponsoring ten pre-game visits at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Their commitment into this venture is unprecedented and should give these kids a once a lifetime experience helping them to forget about their personal struggles for a moment! We will be posting articles and videos throughout the season on those visits on our website.
Zebras Care would like to thank CCM for their generous donation of custom referee jerseys that are given to the kids during the dressing room visits. These create a unique keepsake for the kids and their families to look back at to remember the experience. As well, special thanks to the Community Relations departments from the teams that help in the coordination of the visits. Finally, a big thanks to Tim Hortons for their involvement this season.
2014-2015 SEASON – ZEBRAS CARE VISITS
FEBRUARY 16th 2015 - LONDON ONT. - TIMBITS JAMBOREE
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3733/cat244/zebras-care-foundation-and-tim-horton-childrens-foundation
JANUARY 29th 2015 - TORONTO - TIM HORTON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION VISIT.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3711/cat244/zebras-care-visit-tim-horton-childrens-foundation-toronto-january-29th-2015
JANUARY 19th 2015 - TORONTO - TIM HORTON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION VISIT.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3715/cat244/zebras-care-visit-tim-horton-childrens-foundation-toronto-january-19-2015
JANUARY 10th 2015 - ST.LOUIS - NHLOA MEMBERS WELCOMES LUKE KAHROFF.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3676/cat244/zebras-care-visit-stlouis
DECEMBER 19th 2014 - OTTAWA - NHLOA MEMBERS WELCOMES PAUL MIGLIA.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3675/cat244/zebras-care-visit-ottawa
DECEMBER 18th 2014 - MONTREAL - TIM HORTON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION VISIT.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3683/cat244/zebras-care-visit-tim-horton-childrens-foundation-montreal-dec-18-2014
DECEMBER 4th 2014 - TORONTO - TIM HORTON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION VISIT.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3632/cat244/zebras-care-visit-tim-horton-childrens-foundation-toronto-dec-4th-2014
NOVEMBER 21st 2014 - PITTSBURGH - NHLOA MEMBERS WELCOMES JOSEPH COWHER.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3603/cat244/zebras-care-visit-pittsburgh
NOVEMBER 20th 2014 - TORONTO - TIM HORTON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION VISIT.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3619/cat244/zebras-care-visit-tim-horton-childrens-foundation-toronto-nov-20th-2014
NOVEMBER 18th 2014 - TORONTO - TIM HORTON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION VISIT.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3626/cat244/zebras-care-visit-tim-horton-childrens-foundation-toronto-november-18th-2014
NOVEMBER 15th 2014 - NASHVILLE - NHLOA MEMBERS WELCOMES ELIZABETH CRONIN.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3593/cat244/zebras-care-visit-nashville
NOVEMBER 10th 2014 - BOSTON - NHLOA MEMBERS WELCOMES JACOB, AUDREY & MIKE.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3595/cat244/nhloa-zebras-care-visit-veterans-day-celebration-in-boston
OCTOBER 28th 2014 - BOSTON - NHLOA MEMBERS WELCOMES ASHLYNN HULL.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3568/cat244/zebras-care-visit-ashlynn-hull-boston
OCTOBER 28th 2014 - TORONTO - TIM HORTON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION VISIT.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3562/cat244/zebras-care-visit-tim-horton-childrens-foundation-toronto-oct-28-2014
OCTOBER 25th 2014 - PHILADELPHIA - SNIDER HOCKEY PROGRAM VISIT.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3565/cat244/zebras-care-visit-snider-hockey-program-philadelphia
OCTOBER 14th 2014 - TORONTO - TIM HORTON CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION VISIT.
Check below for a video of this visit!
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3551/cat127/zebras-care-visit-tim-horton-childrens-foundation-toronto/lang1
SEPTEMBER 23th 2014 - CHICAGO - NHLOA MEMBERS WELCOMES RYAN KARLIN.
Original article: http://www.nhlofficials.com/es3502/cat127/zebras-care-visit-in-chicago/lang1
You can watch the video below to see what goes on during the pre-game visits.