The Kings 2018 sixth-round draft pick Jacob Ingham has been named the 2019-2020 Ted Scharf Humanitarian Award. The award is rewarded to the Kitchener Rangers player who contributes most to the community.
During the 2018 summer, Ingham was confronted by a family tragedy.
"All of it started because my grandparents got into a really severe car accident," he recounted. "My granny needed tons of blood transfusions to pull through."
Thankfully both of Ingham's grandparents were able to fully recover.
Following the scare, Ingham and his family decided it was time to give back and partnered with Hockey Gives Blood, an organization that sets out to educate and raise awareness within the hockey community about the importance of giving blood.
Once Ingham and his family partnered with Hockey Gives Blood, they created the Jake Saves Campaign, in which Ingham and his family would donate $4 for every save Ingham made. That season, Ingham made 1,393 saves and donated $5,572 to Canadian Blood Services.
"Coming to Kitchener, I wanted to do the exact same thing, so this year I am donating $5 for every save and, on top of that, the Kitchener Rangers have matched it," Ingham noted, after joining the Kitchener Rangers. "We're at $10 a save right now for every single save of the year."
Ingham went on to lead the OHL in win and more importantly, saves. By making 1,501 saves, Ingham raised $15,010 just by doing what he loves to do most, play hockey.
Ingham also changed his number from one to 68, and created a 68-day blood drive to continue to raise awareness around the cause.
"Six is like a 'G' for give and the eight is like a 'B' for blood. So it kind of says give blood," Ingham explained.
It's safe to say Ingham's commitment to raising money and awareness to the importance of giving blood has rightfully so earned himself the Ted Scharf Humanitarian Award.