Calgary, AB – The Jarome Iginla
/Cassie Campbell Hockey School announced today that the annual not for profit hockey program raised $38,000 for Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids. While Iginla straps on his skates for the youth hockey program which gives young hockey players ages six through 12 the chance to learn from the Flames captain, all proceeds from this year’s camp were directed to the charity which helps hungry kids in Calgary schools.
“Thank you to all the volunteers and sponsors who support the hockey school and our efforts for local charities,” said Iginla. “Hopefully the kids enjoyed themselves and learned a bit about hockey while we raised a bit of money along the way - for a wonderful cause. It has truly been a lot of fun.”
Since 2002 the school has now raised over $130,000 for various charities including; The Diabetes Association (Foothills Calgary), Stars Air Ambulance, Easter Seal’s Camp Horizon (Bragg Creek), For the Love of Reading Fun, Doctors Without Borders, OXFAM, Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta and this year Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids.
“Thank you to all of the sponsors, participants and to this hockey school. Evidence shows that nutrition effects students’ performance in school by a full grade mark– and it’s just food,” says Bob McInnis, Executive Direct of Brown Bagging for Calgary Kids. “The thousands of kids who will benefit also thank you.”
The School was introduced in the summer of 2002 by Iginla as a way to support grassroots hockey while contributing to charitable organizations. Campbell joined Iginla in 2008 to rebrand the program as the Jarome Iginla
/ Cassie Campbell Hockey School. This year the Hockey School took place July 5th through July 9th at Centennial Arena’s in Calgary, Alberta.
Brown Bagging for Calgary’s Kids (BB4CK) provides lunches to homeless youth in Calgary who have limited access to food. These programs are in churches, schools and homes. BB4CK works in partnership with the Calgary Board of Education and the Calgary Separate School District to combat increasing numbers of students attending Calgary schools without a lunch. BB4CK is delivered over 1,500 lunches each day to over 70 schools in 2009.