With the offseason comes plenty of opportunity for players of prominence to give back to their community. Sens forward Cory Conacher is using his summer to contribute to a cause which is very close to him.
July 10 marked the first ever Cory Conacher JDRF Golf Tournament, with proceeds heading to JDRF research in an effort to put an end to Type 1 diabetes. Conacher himself has overcome Type 1 to reach the NHL and is doing what he can as an NHLer to focus his efforts on aiding the cause going forward.
“I've had diabetes for 14 or 15 years now and it's really close to my heart. I just want to give back and help some of the families that are in need. It's an expensive disease, a lot of the technology that kids need nowadays is expensive,” said Conacher. “I think it's important for guys like myself who are capable of holding a golf tournament or ball hockey tournament or something along those lines to raise money. It's helpful for those families.”
For Cory, the opportunity to give back is a way of acknowledging the roles people who are behind the scenes played in his quest to make the NHL. Now that he has arrived, he has that same opportunity to influence those who are persevering through similar circumstances in a positive manner.
“It's huge. There are so many people that go unnoticed that have helped you throughout your life and whenever I do interviews that are sit down types of interviews, I try to name all those people off,” said Conacher. “Whether it's old coaches or people in my family that have been by my side my whole life. My parents with their support with the diabetes and friends and different people like that, those people are huge to our success here and the reason why we can do the things we do today. It even goes back to teachers and professors in high school and college.”
This week’s golf tournament is just the latest endeavour on Conacher’s behalf for JDRF. He also spends time doing speaking engagements or providing memorabilia to aid the cause. It’s something he’ll continue to do whenever the opportunity arises.
“I always try to give back. If someone needs a signed stick or something for a charity or they want me to pop in and talk to kids and stuff like that, I try to do that as much as possible. I do that with diabetes, I do little camps, I talk to families who have diabetes,” said Conacher. “I'm totally fine with that, that's something I'll do no matter what the circumstances are. Like I said, it's really close to my heart and I care about people who have been there my whole life.”
Those looking to give Cory a hand in his efforts should visit his website -- www.coryconacher.com -- where you can find more information on events he’ll be involved with or find ways to set up a function of your own to lend a hand. Before you know it, the second annual Cory Conacher JDRF Golf Tournament will be just around the corner.
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