In late June, Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis will give back to the Hamilton, Ontario, community he grew up in through a charity golf tournament.
The inaugural Ryan Ellis Charity Golf Classic will use proceeds from the event to redevelop existing community playgrounds and create safe environments for children and adults.
“Growing up in Hamilton, it’s about giving back to the city and the people who raised me, and brought me to where I am today,” Ellis said. “The city itself is doing a great job of making a comeback and putting a lot of money into the city. Our focus is going to be creating safe environments for children to play in. We want them to have a fun and safe place and develop into someone that appreciates the city and is a successful part of it.”
A first-round selection of the Preds in 2009, Ellis has skated with Nashville for five seasons, and is on pace to set a career high in points this campaign. Now a critical element for one of the League’s best blue lines, the 25-year-old said he’s been looking for opportunities to pay back the community that meant so much to him during his childhood.
“It’s my turn to help out and help the kids and the community,” Ellis said. “The city is putting a lot into re-establishing itself, and it’s becoming one that people want to be in. I want to help build something that will aid kids’ development and be fun for everyone involved.”
Hosted at Beverly Golf and Country Club in Copetown, Ontario, the Ryan Ellis Charity Golf Classic will take place on June 27, 2016. For more information or to see the tournament’s sponsorship opportunities, visit Elly4Kids.com.