Press Release: May 30, 2017
Written by: Kristi Patton, Grindstone Foundation
With the similar mission to give back and provide a higher level of exposure to female hockey, the Grindstone Award Foundation and WomenHockeyLife have announced a partnership.
The Grindstone Award Foundation is a newly formed Registered Canadian charity that enables young female players to participate and improve their skill development in the sport of hockey by providing grants based on financial need and desire, not hockey ability.
“This is a great alliance for the Grindstone Award Foundation to connect with all the females that turn to WomensHockeyLife for information on elite players, training tips, to finding hockey opportunities. Jaclyn has built a great platform over the years and our hope is our partnership will allow us to reach and ultimately help more families that are in need” said Danielle Grundy, President of the Grindstone Award Foundation.
Grundy, who is a Dartmouth College alumnae and former pro player in Switzerland, knows first-hand the financial struggles parents can have to put their daughters in hockey. Her own parents made sacrifices to keep her involved in the sport.
“It is one of the driving forces for me to give back to the game that enriched my life in so many ways, not just on the ice but off. I want to be able to give other girls those same opportunities I had and a chance to learn the skills that helped me in hockey and in life,” said Grundy.
From minor hockey, university, professional, to adult female leagues — WomensHockeyLife cover’s it. WHL is packed with first-hand knowledge, experience and information that keeps people up-to-date on what is happening in women’s hockey in Europe, North America and all over the world.
Founder Jaclyn Hawkins lived her dream as a recreational, collegiate and professional hockey player before moving on to coaching. Throughout her playing days she struggled to find resources on female hockey.
“I started WomensHockeyLife almost seven years ago to provide a platform for players, fans, and coaches to voice their opinions, tell their stories and highlight people in the game because that information just wasn’t available anywhere,” said Hawkins, who is a University of Connecticut alumnae (and former Assistant Coach) and a Canadian Women’s Hockey League Clarkson Cup winner with the Boston Blades in 2013. “Basically the whole purpose of our website is to help promote the game and support it, so collaborating with the Grindstone Award is a natural fit. Being able to help girls that potentially can’t afford equipment or registration fees is amazing, because we can help kid’s fall in love with the game, which can lead to so many great things.”
Working with families and youth in Connecticut she helped spearhead Try Hockey for Free days, while the events were a success Hawkins knows the financial burden on parents these days can be a hurdle that keeps young female players away from the rink.
“That is truly the frustrating part about it. We might help kids fall in love with the game but maybe their families can’t afford to have them play. There is so much momentum right now with women’s hockey and we don’t want to lose that because a kid can’t afford equipment. It is why it is so important to make partnerships like this one so no one is left out of the game,” said Hawkins.
The Grindstone Award Foundation is just getting off the ground and support, such as this partnership, is critical to their success. If you would like to get involved, support the cause by donating or liking their page, please see below.
More importantly - if you know a family in Canada that is in need of financial support, please pass on this information.
Visit the Grindstone Award’s website at www.grindstoneaward.com or to follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/grindstoneawardfoundation/.