The Dallas Stars Foundation, in conjunction with Jason Spezza and Texas Land and Cattle, today announced plans for the Jason Spezza Scholarship Fund presented by Texas Land and Cattle. The Jason Spezza Scholarship Fund presented by Texas Land and Cattle will provide children from a wide range of ages and backgrounds the funds and equipment necessary to play the game of hockey.
Spezza, 32, is personally pledging $25,000 in each of the next two seasons to kick-start the scholarship fund. In support of Spezza's philanthropic efforts, Texas Land and Cattle will donate $300 to the fund for every point he records throughout the 2015-16 and 2016-17 regular seasons. Currently at 19 points in 28 games this season, Texas Land and Cattle has already pledged $5,700 to the fund.
The Jason Spezza Scholarship Fund will grant monetary assistance for ice-time or program fees to children that cannot participate in the Dallas Stars Metro Hockey League due to adversity faced in their lives or financial restraints within their family. As well as granting the scholarships, Spezza will host a hockey camp at a Dr Pepper StarCenter to be determined, in which the recipients will learn a variety of skills and have the chance to skate with the two-time All-Star. Plans for the application process will be announced at a later date.
"The game of hockey was so important to me and my family, I couldn't imagine not being able to play when I was growing up," said Spezza. "I am very lucky and honored to be in a position to help a number of kids get the chance to play the game that otherwise wouldn't have been able to. The support from Texas Land and Cattle gives us the opportunity to make that impact even greater. I really look forward to helping these kids and their families, and getting to meet them at our hockey camp will be a moment that I'm sure I won't forget."
As part of the support of the Jason Spezza Scholarship Fund, Texas Land and Cattle will also allow fans with tickets to Stars home games in which Spezza records a point, to bring their ticket to any of their nine Dallas-Fort Worth locations within seven days of the game to receive a $10 discount on any bill that is $40 or more. Additionally, $0.90 of their bill will be donated to the scholarship fund.
ABOUT THE DALLAS STARS FOUNDATION:
The Dallas Stars Foundation was established to serve as a positive force throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The Foundation focuses its efforts on providing support to the children of the community so they may lead quality lives and develop into contributing members of society. Through teamwork, interaction, and education, the Dallas Stars Foundation works to bring together all members of the Metroplex and build a bright future for today's youth.
ABOUT TEXAS LAND AND CATTLE:
Texas Land & Cattle owns and operates 26 restaurants in Texas (9 in Dallas-Ft. Worth), Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico and North Carolina. Texas Land & Cattle features the four corners of Texas Cuisine - steak, barbecue, Tex-Mex and coastal seafood - and prides itself on using locally sourced products throughout their menu.
To locate the nearest Texas Land & Cattle click here: www.texaslandandcattle.com