Dave Bolland, center for the Chicago Blackhawks and a member of their 2010 Stanley Cup Championship team, will launch The Dave Bolland Foundation with a special invitation-only event in the Screen Room at The Wit Hotel in Chicago (201 N. State Street) on Monday, February 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The Dave Bolland Foundation, which is dedicated to helping marginalized and at-risk youth, will focus on three projects: Chicago’s Beyond the Ball, Toronto’s The Remix Project, and International disability charity Easter Seals. The goal is to raise awareness and funds in order to assist community programming through education and mentorship initiatives in sport and the arts.
“I recognize the value and significance of mentorship, guidance and goal-setting in a young person’s life,” said Bolland. “These are the keys to success. I want to help youth from less privileged backgrounds have the opportunity to be inspired and to pursue their dreams”.
Dave’s commitment to social causes and issues comes from an honest place. Growing up in a working class neighborhood like Mimico, ONT, Dave was no stranger to the ills of society. Taught to work hard and to take care of the people around you, Dave’s success has allowed for the ethics he was raised upon to start to permeate more and more of his public and personal life. Working closely with the ISSA Family Foundation, Dave began getting involved in the Chicago community through a series of food drives and community events that ISSA was doing. Around the same time, inspired and in support of a close friend back home in Toronto, Dave started to get involved with arts and cultural incubator, The Remix Project. Becoming an official ambassador of the organization in 2011, Dave hosted the first annual Dave Bolland Golf Classic in fundraising support of The Remix Project.
For more information visit www.davebolland.com.
About BEYOND THE BALL
Beyond The Ball is an organization that offers recreational sport programming to the gang-affected west end neighborhoods of Chicago. Already connected to the Chicago Blackhawks organization, Beyond the Ball uses the power of sport to change lives, give hope, reclaim urban space for the community and develop a culture of opportunities for youth and families. The program guides young people and teaches personal and social responsibility through sports. The program is investing in youth to grow community leaders for the future serving the Little Village and North Lawndale neighborhoods on the west side of Chicago.
About THE REMIX PROJECT
The Remix Project was created in order to help level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities. Its creative arts mentorship and program curriculum forge paths of success in film-making, recording arts, creative arts, photography, fashion or graphic design. Partnered with industry leading professionals across the various education streams, participants in The Remix Project are realizing their dreams and being provided the tools and network to make them a reality.
About EASTER SEALS
Easter Seals has been serving families living with disability around the world since 1920. As the largest disability service provider in North America, Easter Seals partners with the Dave Bolland Foundation to enable opportunity for youth to participate in the fully accessible sport of Sledge Hockey. Easter Seals is providing kids living with disability the outlets to realize an active and fulfilled recreational lifestyle regardless of physical or mental barrier.