The Calgary Flames will host the Calgary Flames Foundation Awareness Game on Saturday, December 7th when the Flames take on the Los Angeles Kings. Throughout the game promotions and videos will feature Calgary Flames Foundation beneficiaries, raising awareness about Foundation initiatives and programming, and thanking fans and donors for their support.
Members from Hockey Education Reaching Out Society's Super HEROS program will be on the ice during the anthems. The Super HEROS program, in partnership with the Calgary Flames Foundation, provides a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment to youth with cognitive challenges and is the first program of its kind in western Canada.
The game will also highlight the Calgary Flames Foundation's PLAY campaign, which asks members of our community to share what "play" means to them by posting photos on social media identified with @NHLFlames and #WePlayHere. All social media participants will be entered to win Calgary Flames prizing. Calgary Flames Foundation funding helps to provide access, support and inclusion to recreational play-based programs for families and people of all ages. Such programs include the Flames YMCA Grade 6 Program, Flames EvenStrength, Learn to Play, HEROS and Super HEROS, Flames school programs, Flames Community Hockey League and the Kids Cancer Care PEER Programs.
The Foundation has recently invested in a number of projects and charities that align with this goal including a renewed commitment of $1 million to the Flames YMCA Grade 6 Program. A $2 million commitment to amateur and grassroots hockey programming in Calgary and Alberta and a $1 million commitment to the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation in support of enhanced programs and respite care at Rotary Flames House.
Because of generous support from donors and Flames fans the Calgary Flames Foundation donated $3.8 million to southern Alberta charities last season. For a full list of last year's charitable recipients click here.
The mandate of the Calgary Flames Foundation is to improve the lives of southern Albertans through support of health and wellness, education and grassroots and amateur sports programs. Since the ownership group brought the team to Calgary in 1980 the Calgary Flames Foundation has injected millions into the community. For more information visit www.calgaryflamesfoundation.com