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ABOUT HOCKEY 4 LIFE

We are Hockey 4 Life, a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization in South Bend, Indiana.  We are looking for donations of any kind to build our organization and make it bigger and better than ever.

In 2008, South Bend Hockey 4 Life was created by a group of hockey player to raise money in support of a family suffering the loss of one of our own hockey players.  Eight years later and it is still raising money for charities and groups, mostly within our community!

Through the years, we have  helped several of our fellow hockey players and their families during long term injuries or illnesses.  We’re very passionate about helping our immediate and extended communities.

We hope to continue our annual donations to the Hope Ministries, St Margerets, Hospice, The Ronald McDonald House and The South Bend Sled Hockey Team.

About Hockey 4 Life

We’re proud to announce that Hockey 4 Life Inc. is now officially a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization, and donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.  Each year we become stronger and stronger!  We hope this year is no different.  We need your support to continue the great things that we have done in the past.  Without going into a long list of names we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has and will continue to participate, volunteer, and donate.  Without your support there could be no Hockey 4 Life.  We love having you on our team!

Timeline

BOB SMITH FAMILY / THE HEART ASSOCIATION

Hockey 4 Life started as a result of the passing of one of our own. Bob Smith (Robert B. Smith), a goalie and smiling face that played in the league as well as all the pickup and rats skates, passed away at the young age of 43. Bob left behind his two daughters, which helped round out his three biggest passions in life, his daughters and hockey. We’re proud to have called Bob a teammate and coworker, but most importantly, we’re proud to have called him a friend.

HE HEART ASSOCIATION

The American Heart Association is a non-profit organization in the United States that fosters appropriate cardiac care in an effort to reduce disability and deaths caused by cardiovascular disease and stroke.

CHILDREN’S MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish®vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

CHILDRENS MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish®vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

CHILDRENS MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION

Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish®vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 37 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

HELPING HANDS FOUNDATION

“Every year, 1 out of 2,000 children in the United States is born with an upper limb anomaly. During childhood, many more lose hands and arms to accidents or disease.”
Our Mission

We have as a continuous goal, to provide support, share experiences and supply information to parents, affected children and their siblings. We choose to focus on the individual child and the challenges they may face. We emphasize their abilities, not their disabilities.

In our support work, we often may inform families of regional services and resources that are available, but we do not endorse any specific institution or medical treatment.

One of our priorities is to reach parents of the newborn with an upper limb anomaly. New parents can be given hope and encouragement through our extended network of parents.

If you are a parent, professional or interested person and want to learn more about Helping Hands Foundation, Inc. please send an email to info@HelpingHandsGroup.org. Thank you.

Our Philosophy
The philosophy of Helping Hands Foundation is to provide parent-to-parent support and information. Often times, a phone call or email is all it takes to put parents at ease in those early days as they deals with their child’s upper limb difference. We are here to listen, answer questions and share our own experiences. Additionally, we offer two (2) family outings each year for the entire family to enjoy. A special bond often develops between parents, affected children and their siblings when families get together to share ideas and experiences. These social events offer an informal atmosphere for parents to meet each other and for children to interact with one another. In addition, relevant topics and issues are addressed through our website and speakers.

WOUNDED WARRIORS

Wounded Warrior Project is a charity and veterans service organization that offers a variety of programs, service and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001.

HELPING HANDS FOUNDATION

“Every year, 1 out of 2,000 children in the United States is born with an upper limb anomaly. During childhood, many more lose hands and arms to accidents or disease.”

Our Mission

We have as a continuous goal, to provide support, share experiences and supply information to parents, affected children and their siblings. We choose to focus on the individual child and the challenges they may face. We emphasize their abilities, not their disabilities.

In our support work, we often may inform families of regional services and resources that are available, but we do not endorse any specific institution or medical treatment. One of our priorities is to reach parents of the newborn with an upper limb anomaly. New parents can be given hope and encouragement through our extended network of parents. If you are a parent, professional or interested person and want to learn more about Helping Hands Foundation, Inc. please send an email to info@HelpingHandsGroup.org. Thank you.

Our Philosophy
The philosophy of Helping Hands Foundation is to provide parent-to-parent support and information. Often times, a phone call or email is all it takes to put parents at ease in those early days as they deals with their child’s upper limb difference. We are here to listen, answer questions and share our own experiences. Additionally, we offer two (2) family outings each year for the entire family to enjoy. A special bond often develops between parents, affected children and their siblings when families get together to share ideas and experiences. These social events offer an informal atmosphere for parents to meet each other and for children to interact with one another. In addition, relevant topics and issues are addressed through our website and speakers.

MICHIANA RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

We will provide a home-away-from-home for families with ill and injured children. We believe that every child deserves a safe and supportive place to grow. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Michiana creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the well-being of children and their families to live happier, healthier lives.

Hand in hand with this mission is our vision: Create smiles and comfort. Positively impact the lives of children and their families in our community.

Our Ronald McDonald Family Room inside Memorial Children’s Hospital in South Bend, Ind., is an oasis that provides the comforts of home for the immediate families of children undergoing medical treatment in Michiana-area medical facilities. We provide comfort as we address three basic needs of a family in a stressful situation:

 

  • Comfortable lodging in a warm, friendly atmosphere, including private bedrooms and facilities for cooking, laundry, and recreation.

 

 

    1. Emotional support system with other residents who act in the capacity of extended family and friends through open communication of feelings of concern. Quiet areas are available for those times when a family or individual needs to be alone.

 

  1. A way to re-establish a sense of control or responsibility in a cooperative and supportive atmosphere. Family members are required to maintain their own rooms, prepare their own meals when meals are not donated, and to help with general tidiness in the common areas. Guests may make a donation to help support the facility, but no fee is required.

MICHIANA DOWN SYNDROME

The Down Syndrome Family Support and Advocacy Group (DSFSAG) also referred to as Michiana Down Syndrome is a non-for profit 501c3 organization. Our Board is a 100% volunteer and we are proud to serve the St. Joseph, Marshall, LaPorte, Starke and Elkhart counties in Indiana and Cass, St. Joseph and Berrien counties in Michigan.

The DSFSAG was started by parents in the 1980’s. Over the years we have grown from just a few families to a group with over 200 families who enjoy our many programs and events throughout the year.

We encourage the members of our group to take part in the programs offered at area disability resource organizations such as Logan Center, Hannah & Friends and Reins of Life and we offer grants to help our members off-set the costs of these programs.

MICHIANA DOWN SYNDROME

The Down Syndrome Family Support and Advocacy Group (DSFSAG) also referred to as Michiana Down Syndrome is a non-for profit 501c3 organization. Our Board is a 100% volunteer and we are proud to serve the St. Joseph, Marshall, LaPorte, Starke and Elkhart counties in Indiana and Cass, St. Joseph and Berrien counties in Michigan.

The DSFSAG was started by parents in the 1980’s. Over the years we have grown from just a few families to a group with over 200 families who enjoy our many programs and events throughout the year.

We encourage the members of our group to take part in the programs offered at area disability resource organizations such as Logan Center, Hannah & Friends and Reins of Life and we offer grants to help our members off-set the costs of these programs.

RIVER CITY SLED ROVERS

The River City Sled Rovers is a sled hockey team based in South Bend, Indiana, including players from throughout the Michiana area.

Our sled hockey team is affiliated with the local wheelchair basketball team, the River City Rollers. The two teams together are part of a non-profit corporation called River City Challenged Athletes, Inc. Thanks to the Irish Youth Hockey League, we are also affiliated with the IYHL Rovers hockey program, and they have agreed to allow us to use the nickname “Sled Rovers” for our hockey team.

The Sled Rovers is a combined team of youth and adult, following the model that the Ft. Wayne team did when they got started. After their numbers grew, they split into 2 teams, one adult and one youth, which still shared the ice for practices. We hope to grow in numbers this year to compete with two separate teams, adult and youth, practicing together as one team.

Sled hockey is designed for athletes with lower-body disabilities. But each team can also have several able-bodied athletes as well, given that being strapped into the sled takes away nearly every advantage such athletes would otherwise enjoy. We currently have several able-bodied youths and adults among the 22 players on our roster.

We begin regular practices in October and continue through February, with several games and tournaments throughout the season. If you are interested in participating as a player, volunteer, or sponsor, please send us an e-mail at info@sledrovers.org — Thanks for your interest in Sled Rover hockey!

LIGHTHOUSE FAMILES FIRST FOUNDATION

Childhood cancer impacts everyone in the family. Understandably, the child with cancer most often becomes the focus of concern, often leaving the siblings feeling lonely, insecure and left out. Lighthouse offers special attention for every member of the family – moms, dads, siblings, and the child with cancer.

Our program offers fun, family-centered activities to help them “feel like a family” again. For children, time spent playing in a carefree environment is essential. For parents a daily group meeting, Common Ground, provides a safe place to share with others living through similar life challenges.

Highlights of a Lighthouse Family Retreat experience include families spending time together, moms and dads getting away for a special date night, kids having a blast at a birthday party, incredible beach and pool games that everyone participates in, a Hollywood night, a dance party under the stars and a talent show that tops all talent shows.

SHRINERS MOTOR PATROL

The Shriners were founded in 1872 by a group of 13 Masonic members from New York City. These gentlemen wanted to create a club founded with the Masonic principals that was to inspire fun and friendship for all of its members. This organization prospered and as it grew the men who were part of this decided that they could also organize themselves and their efforts by creating philanthropy. Envisioning a network of hospitals to provide medical care of an expert nature to children free of charge.

SOUTH BEND CENTER FOR THE HOMELESS

The Center for the Homeless is not a homeless shelter. While we have provided more than 700,000 safe nights and over 1.5 million meals to more than 55,000 men, women and children since our opening in December 1988, our focus is on providing not just life-saving, but life-changing services to each of our guests.

Our innovative service model offers homeless families and individuals an on-site structured, step-by-step process to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. This revolutionary program relies on partnerships with every sector of the community and has been endorsed by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Everything that goes on in the Center serves to further our mission, which is threefold:

  1. Break the cycle of homelessness.
  2. Bring together disparate groups so that each can discover the worth, dignity and potential of the other.
  3. Pioneer a service model worthy of replication

This mission unites all members of the Center community in a common endeavor. Because of the depth and severity of the condition of homelessness, no less than a focused and concerted effort can bring lasting change into the lives of our guests.

HOPE MINISTRIES OF SOUTH BEND, INDIANA

The key to understanding Hope’s vision is to understand our view of the root cause of chronic patterns of unhealthy choices. That cause is pain. Not physical pain, but rather the deep hurt, emptiness, regret and grief caused by traumatic experiences and environments of people’s pasts. Almost every resident at Hope has deep unhealed wounds in his or her heart. We find over and over again that the pain of these wounds is the root cause of addiction, anger, broken relationships, depression, and the vast majority of the bad choices that people make.

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT

Hockey 4 Life is proud to announce an annual scholarship fund to a current high school Senior who embodies the leadership on the ice and in the community.

Coaches, do you have a graduating senior on your roster who goes above and beyond on and off the ice? Is he dedicated to assisting not only themselves, but others around them? An exceptional person whom embodies a true leader in their community? If so, we want to meet them!

Hockey 4 Life is providing a worthy high school senior currently rostered in the MHSHL a $500.00 scholarship for their freshman year of college. All you have to do is help us find that deserving player.

Hockey 4 Life has been active around St. Joseph County for the past 8 years, assisting with financial and hands on assistance to local families and charities. Each spring, Hockey 4 Life holds an adult hockey tournament to benefit a few local charities in need. This annual tournament has turned into a huge success raising over 10,000.00 every year! Hockey 4 Life is a state registered Non-For Profit which continues to grow year after year. Fortunately, this is where you come in! Our board of directors have decided to start a scholarship for a graduating MHSHL senior whom embodies what we represent at Hockey 4 Life; making others dreams come true through hard work and dedication!