The Always Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization created by former U.S. Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi. The foundation works with local charities to “inspire and embrace the hopes and dreams of children.”
The grant will officially be presented at the Oakland Ice Center in a check presentation on May 26. Scheduled to attend the presentation ceremony will be: Kristi Yamaguchi, Lori Yamaguchi and Jim Adler, representing Always Dream Foundation, Trooper Johnson and Kaia Burkett with the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (also known as BORP), and representatives of the City of Oakland, including Councilmember Nancy Nadel.
“The Always Dream Foundation is proud to be able to support this exciting and innovative program,” said Kristi Yamaguchi. “BORP’s commitment to sports and recreation as a pathway to achievement for young people with disabilities is the perfect expression of my personal belief in the power of athletics to transform lives.”
The sleds and sledge equipment will be used as part of a new sledge hockey developmental skills program at the Oakland Ice Center. The program will eventually develop into a sledge hockey league, expected to begin in late May. Participation will begin with children who register through the BORP.
The Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program is a Berkeley-based non-profit organization whose goal is to “improve the health, independence and social integration of people with physical disabilities through sports, fitness and recreation programs.”
For more information about the Oakland Ice Center Operated by Sharks Ice and their new sledge hockey program, please contact Melissa Fitzgerald at (510) 268-9000 x104.
Always Dream Foundation
The Always Dream Foundation strives to find innovative ways to provide funding and encouragement for a diverse range of programs designed to inspire and embrace the hopes and dreams of children. Special consideration is given to those organizations or programs that address the needs of children living in economically or socially disadvantaged environments, and to those confronting the challenges of physical disabilities. For more information, please visit www.alwaysdream.org
. Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program
BORP is the leading provider and promoter of accessible sports and recreation opportunities for children and adults with physical disabilities in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to our high quality innovative sports and recreation programs, our expert staff provides advocacy, trainings, referrals and consultation services and have helped initiate adaptive sports programs in several other cities across the state. BORP also conducts disability awareness trainings and adaptive sports exhibitions for a variety of community agencies and serves as a valuable resource to physical therapists, rehabilitation hospitals, parks and recreation departments and related organizations. Over the past 30 years, thousands of people have benefited from our innovative programs, trainings, referrals and consultations. For more information, please visit www.borp.org
Oakland Ice Center operated by Sharks Ice
Sharks Ice at Oakland is the latest ice facility to be operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks. The facility, completed in 1995, contains one NHL-sized ice surface and one Olympic sized ice surface and accommodates ice hockey, figure skating, broomball, curling, speed skating, ice dancing, as well as public skating. Sharks Ice at Oakland, along with Sharks Ice at San Jose and Sharks Ice at Fremont currently holds the largest number of Adult USA Hockey participants (more than 3,000) of any facility in the nation. The facility features an in-house pro shop, large meeting and party spaces, and a full service snack bar to serve patrons of all ages. Sharks Ice at Oakland is located at 519 18th St. in Oakland, California and is a proud member of the NHL's “Hockey Is For Everyone” program. For more information, visit www.oaklandice.com