The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) are lending their support to Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast (HFHMGC) to build the sixth house of a multi-house building partnership, aiding hurricane recovery efforts along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Employees of the NHLPA and the NHL will join Habitat volunteers and the Lyons family on Thursday, Feb. 26, to begin work on the family's home at 6613 Flannigan St. in Moss Point. The project is the completion of a half-million dollar NHL and NHLPA effort in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.
"We are grateful for the support of the NHL and the NHLPA and the visibility the partnership has brought to the dire need for assistance and development still felt throughout the Gulf Coast," said Chris Monforton, chief executive officer for Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. "It is through deliberate, unsparing acts of kindness such as this that Habitat is able to continue its mission to rebuild the Gulf Coast and beyond."
The $500,000 contribution from the NHLPA and the NHL has financed the building of six new homes in partnership with families affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with previous homes built in Atlanta; Dallas; Nashville, Tenn.; and two in New Orleans.
"This partnership is an outstanding example of how an organization with a powerful local footprint can support and bring attention to Katrina devastation— in a way that elevates local interest in every city where they have a team and player presence," said Mark Crozet, senior vice president of development for Habitat for Humanity International.
The overall partnership has engaged the NHL, the NHLPA, teams, players, employees, business partners and fans in various joint community efforts and hands-on experiences where it's been most needed, while fulfilling the Habitat mission of eliminating poverty housing and making safe, decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
"The NHLPA and its members take pride in their commitment to Habitat for Humanity and their rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast," said Chairman of the NHLPA's Goals & Dreams fund, Devin Smith. "Hurricane Katrina may not seem recent, but the effects are still a reality for the lives of many who were left homeless. The NHLPA is excited about their hands-on involvement in this final build; giving back to another family, some of what they have lost."
"The NHL is proud to be involved in this partnership that has helped those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina," said Kenneth Martin
Jr., vice president of community and diversity programming for the NHL. "This build is a reminder to all of us of the work that still needs to be done in this community. The NHL is committed to those in need as part of our initiative 'The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice.'"