The National Hockey League announced today the availability of the 2003 NHL A.S.S.I.S.T.™ applications
, which awards selected recipients grants of up to $10,000 each, for a total of $100,000 that will be given by the NHL to qualifying hockey programs. The NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. (The NHL Assists Skaters and Shooters Intent on Succeeding Together) grant program is designed to help youth hockey organizations worldwide defray the costs of equipment, ice time and travel expenses.
Now in its seventh year, NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. has provided financial assistance to 75 youth hockey programs from around the globe, including programs in Canada, China, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Mongolia, Slovakia, Russia, Romania, South Africa and the United States. To be eligible for an NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. grant, the applying youth hockey organization must be nationally registered and a member in good standing with a local governing hockey federation. Organizations must also be a not-for-profit entity holding a 501(c) tax-exempt status in the United States, or their native country's equivalent. Grants will be awarded on the basis of need and community service efforts with special consideration given to organizations that are inclusive of both girls and boys, the economically disadvantaged and physically challenged. The NHL will determine grant recipients based on the information provided in its sole discretion. The deadline for applications is June 20, 2003. The NHL will announce award recipients at the start of the 2003-04 NHL season.
To obtain an application for the NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. grant, the NHL has a toll-free A.S.S.I.S.T. hotline that is accessible within the U.S. and Canada (1-888-NHL-AWARD) as well as a dedicated e-mail address (ASSIST@nhl.com).
Applications are also available by clicking here
NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. applications will be available at the NHL offices in New York as well as through the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) in Zurich, a founding partner of the NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. program. Interested programs outside North America can request applications by contacting the IIHF at 411-289-8600. Applications are available in English and French upon request.