Calgary, AB – Flames forward Nigel Dawes has found his fit on the ice with the Flames as well as in the Calgary community. This season Dawes has partnered with H.E.R.O.S (Hockey Education Reaching out Society) as an athlete spokesman. H.E.R.O.S is a non profit organization committed to empowering children through ice hockey.
Dawes will be participating in the H.E.R.O.S Christmas festivities on Thursday, December 10th.
Dawes will join the 35 youth participants of the H.E.R.O.S program on-ice at the program practice for the first hour of the event before joining the groups Christmas dinner. As a spokesman for the program Dawes also donates tickets to the program and meets the designated youth seating in his seats after the game.
“Nigel has a history of meaningful involvement with NHL Diversity programs in each city he has played in. Through his generosity, our HEROS are getting to attend NHL games they wouldn’t otherwise get to attend if not for Nigel,” says H.E.R.O.S Program Manager Kevin Hodgson. “Even more importantly, with the time he is taking to get to know our HEROS, they are getting the rare chance to meet and spend time with one of their role models.”
The premise of H.E.R.O.S. is to use the game of hockey as a catalyst to attract youth to a program offering support for education self-esteem building and life skills training.
The program focuses on boys and girls of diverse ethnicity from economically challenged neighborhoods. The program will be conducted in an environment of fun and safety where each child is considered to be a HERO. H.E.R.O.S is a member program of the NHL Diversity - Hockey is for Everyone Program.
While Flames players continue to be involved in Southern Alberta through Calgary Flames Community Relations initiatives many have also adopted programs they support on their own.