On Wednesday afternoon in TD Garden, Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas
announced the establishment of the “Tim Thomas
|Thomas brought the Cup to Burlington and now hopes to give back to his communities. |
The Bruin goaltender’s new fundraising entity plans to “support the underdog" and to remove barriers to success.
“Sometimes the barriers may be simply a hot meal, specialized training, or supporting an effort to rebuild our neighborhoods after a tragedy,” said Thomas.
As such, the Tim Thomas
Foundation will target a variety of causes from food banks, to education programs, to disaster relief efforts.
The formation of Tim’s charity comes only a month after Hurricane Irene hit the Northeast and just three months after a tornado touched down in Western Mass.
After playing seven seasons in Boston and four years at the University of Vermont, the Michigan-native calls New England his second home and wants to reach out to those who were devastated by the storms.
“I think this is a perfect opportunity to help some people that have been affected by something that is out of their control, a pretty rare natural disaster,” said Thomas.
Thomas will also support local food banks through his foundation. As a child, Thomas learned about the issue of hunger in today’s world by working with his father at food banks in Flint, Michigan.
“On a day-to-day basis we don’t think about where our food is going to come from, it’s just taken for granted,” said Thomas. “For a huge portion of the population out there, that is not the case.”
From his time in Boston, to his collegiate days at UVM, to his childhood in Flint, Thomas has been grateful for those who have helped him get to where he is today. Throughout his life, the Bruins goalie has come to believe that with great privilege comes great responsibility.
“I’m in a unique position where hopefully I can raise quite a bit of money that will end up helping quite a few people,” explained Thomas. “I have been wanting to formalize my charitable efforts for a long time and I thought this was a good time.”
The foundation’s first fundraising effort will be the “Tim Thomas
Home Opener Raffle” where Bruins fans have the chance to win an opening night package to next Thursday’s game against Philadelphia.
Those fans interested in entering the raffle or donating to Tim's causes should log onto TimThomasHockey.com
or visit www.netraffle.org
for more details.---John Griffin