(Edmonton, AB) - On Saturday, March 30, the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) will celebrate the legacy of legendary Oiler Dave Semenko as they host Dave's Drive at the Oilers game versus the Anaheim Ducks. Dave's Drive is an annual campaign held by Sport Central to help raise awareness, funds and equipment to ensure youth in Edmonton have the chance to participate in sport.
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"Dave's Drive is an outstanding opportunity to really help disadvantaged youth in and around Edmonton by providing them with the equipment necessary for sport participation," said Sheldon Oleksyn, Sport Central's Executive Director. "The initiative is named for Dave Semenko, an Oiler who always took care of his teammates, just as the program helps us take care of kids who want to play sports but can't afford it. Sport Central is honoured to remember Dave and continue his legacy by assisting kids in need. We hope Oilers fans far and wide will support Dave's Drive with gently-used equipment and funds."
Dave's Drive is a key initiative of the Dave Semenko Legacy Project. The Legacy Project was created in February 2018 as a part of the NHL Centennial Greatest Team Celebration and was funded by the EOCF, National Hockey League (NHL) and National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) Goals & Dreams fund.
Semenko, a legendary Oiler and integral member of the 1984-85 Championship team, passed away in 2017 after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was not only an ambassador for the Oilers, but for the entire hockey community. Dave's Drive celebrates his role on and off the ice as a passionate teammate, fierce competitor and fan-favourite.
"Dave was an incredible Oiler and ambassador for the organization. We are honoured to celebrate his legacy and donate funds to Sport Central to execute both Dave's Drive and Put a Lid on a Kid," said Natalie Minckler, EOCF Executive Director. "Sport Central is a perfect partner for this initiative, as they work to enrich the lives of youth in Oil Country by providing opportunities for sport participation."
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 145,000 low-income kids with safe gear, enabling them to participate in the sport of their choice.
Sport Central will be located at booths in Ford Hall and behind Section 107 in Rogers Place to accept gently-used equipment and cash donations. Fans can also donate gently-used sports equipment at any Edmonton fire station, police station, sporting goods store, or at Sport Central on 11847 Wayne Gretzky Drive North.
To learn more about Dave's Drive, or to make a cash donation, please visit SportCentral.org.
To learn more about the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation work in the community, visitOilersFoundation.ca.