On Tuesday afternoon, Quincy's Arbella Insurance Group announced a multi-year partnership with Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas
and as part of that agreement announced a $20,000 gift to the Tim Thomas
Thomas, of course, has had an amazing hockey journey from Michigan to the University of Vermont to Europe to the Boston Bruins to the Olympics to the Stanley Cup, but when asked if during those years whether he ever thought that anyone would care what product he endorsed, Thomas just smiled.
"No, that wasn’t a thought that was crossing my mind at the time," he said. "I was just too busy focusing on trying to become the best goalie that I could...[so] if I ever got the shot, I could take advantage of it."
Thomas' Stanley Cup success has made him a national figure and instantly recognizable in New England. As such, Tim is working hard to take advantage of that high profile to help those among us who are less fortunate.
The mission of Thomas' foundation is to “support the underdog, whether the underdog position was developed due to lack of opportunity, lack of education, illness or a disaster."
The ultimate underdog, Thomas tenacity and work ethic towards his goals has proven nay-sayers wrong, time and time again. Using those traits, and through his charitable work, the goalie hopes to be as successful in the community as he has been on the ice.
"You know, we’re working in different areas right now," said Thomas when asked where the $20,000 gift might be used. "Our first fundraiser was for the victims of the hurricane in Vermont and the tornado in western Massachusetts.
"I don’t know if you guys have seen the Movember mask that I’m wearing right now...we’re raffling that off and that’s going to go to Prostate cancer."
At the moment, the goalie wasn't exactly sure where these particular funds would be earmarked, but Tim admitted that he does have special, and personal project in mind for his foundation.
"Moving down the road, one of the things that I’d really like to support is food banks," said Thomas. "My dad worked in them growing up and I helped in that.
"Me and my dad actually, with my first signing bonus, we started a car lot in Flint, Michigan and we ran a food bank out of the car lot so that’s something that this will probably end up going towards, something similar to that."
Known around the hockey community for a spectacular season that helped the B's to the Stanley Cup, Thomas' work in the community is now garnering him some attention, too.
"We're proud to support Tim's foundation," said Beverly Tangvik, director of charitable giving at the Arbella Insurance Group. "Tim has already done so much to help New England, and this is a testament to devotion to helping others."