The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) invested $325,000 to Sport Central in support of the Dave Semenko Legacy Project with financial support from the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) Goals & Dreams fund. The EOCF has committed to fund two Sport Central initiatives: Dave's Drive and Put a Lid on a Kid over the next 10 years.
Formed in 1991, Sport Central was created by community-minded individuals who wanted to see children in need have access to necessary sport equipment. Since its inception, Sport Central has provided over 135,000 low-income kids with safe gear, enabling them to participate in the sport of their choice. In partnership with the EOCF and Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG), Sport Central will facilitate Dave's Drive, an annual equipment drive helping raise awareness, funds and donations for the charitable organization. In addition, the Dave Semenko Put a Lid on a Kid program will be aimed at increasing head safety and concussion prevention for kids in sport by providing new, certified helmets for registered minor hockey players and new bicycle recipients. Every helmet will have a #27 decal applied to it in honour of Dave.