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Iginla hockey school raises $35,000

by Staff Writer / Calgary Flames
Calgary, AB – Jarome Iginla announced this week that his annual not for profit hockey school, The Jarome Iginla/Cassie Campbell Hockey School, raised $35,000 for the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta.

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 Ronald McDonald House.

“We are pleased to say that through past schools we have already raised $98,000,” says Iginla, “thank you to our sponsors, both returning and new, because of your efforts you helped us raise over $35,000 this year.”

Since 2002 the school has raised over $98,000 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, and OXFAM Canada and this year the Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta.

“It truly is making a difference in the lives of the lives of so many people,” says Marla Cohen Director of Development for the Ronald McDonald House, “thank you for your support of not only the House but for the many families who stay there.”

The School was originally introduced in the summer of 2002 by Iginla as another way to support grassroots hockey while contributing to important charitable organizations. Campbell joined Iginla last year to rebrand the program as the Jarome Iginla / Cassie Campbell Hockey School. This year the Hockey School took place July 6th through July 10th at Centennial Arena’s in Calgary, Alberta.

The Ronald McDonald House is a safe place for out of town families to stay with seriously ill children located adjacent to the Alberta Children’s Hospital.

Iginla was recently named the recipient of the 2009 Mark Messier Leadership Award at the NHL Awards in June.

The award recognizes an individual as a superior leader within their sport, and as a contributing member of society. The recipient is an individual who leads by positive example through on-ice performance, motivation of team members and a dedication to community activities and charitable causes.

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