A Giant Heart

 

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The Vancouver Giants Hockey Club has a long and proud history of giving back to our community. We are honoured to work closely with a number of charitable organizations and causes, just a few of which are listed below.


IN-HOUSE PROGRAMS

MINOR HOCKEY FUNDRAISING
The Vancouver Giants are proud to be in partnership with the various Minor Hockey Associations throughout the Lower Mainland, reaching players from South Delta to Squamish, the Sunshine Coast to Aldergrove, and all points in between! Participating associations partake in ticket sales and 50/50 sales to raise funds, and together, we have helped Lower Mainland Minor Hockey groups raise almost $3,000,000 during our 10 seasons of existence! Click HERE for more details.

BMO READ TO SUCCEED
The Vancouver Giants, along with the generous support of education partners, BMO Bank of Montreal, Save On Foods, Subway, and Fortis BC, are pleased to present the BMO Read to Succeed Literacy Initiative, now in its tenth year. Last season, the Read to Succeed Literacy Initiative reached out to 77 schools and over 16,000 students from across the Lower Mainland promoting the importance of reading and physical fitness. It's estimated that over 100,000 children have participated in this program since its inception. Click HERE for more information on the program and how your school can get involved.

WHL EDUCATION PROGRAM
Our dedication to the education of our players is an important aspect of each player's training and development off the ice. The WHL stand behind this commitment to education creating a strong partnership. Some highlights of the education program are:

  • For every season played in the WHL, players are entitled to a 1-year post secondary scholarship
  • Over 160 WHL Graduate Players receive full WHL Scholarships each year
  • Since 1993 close to 3,000 WHL Scholarships have been awared
  • The WHL is the Leading Provider of Academic Scholarships in Western Canada


In 2004-2005 the Vancouver Giants were named the WHL Scholastic Team of the Year, while star forward Gilbert Brule was named the WHL and CHL Scholastic Player of the Year.


  OFFICIAL CHARITABLE PARTNERS

KIDS UP FRONT
We encourage our Season Ticket Holders and Corporate Partners to donate tickets to Kids Up Front on a regular basis. They do tremendous work providing sporting, concert and cultural event tickets to children and families who otherwise couldn't afford to attend.

 


TEDDY BEAR TOSS - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14 IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE BC HONDA DEALERS  
Join us for this annual favourite! Bring a stuffed animal to the game on Friday, December 14 when the Giants host the Prince George Cougars, or buy one on the concourse with proceeds going to the CKNW Orphans' Fund and the Province Empty Stocking Fund. Then when the Giants score their first goal of the night... THROW THEM ON THE ICE!!! We'll collect the stuffies and work with our partners at the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau to ensure they find a warm, loving home in time for Christmas. It's an experience you'll never forget!

And don't forget to support CKNW Orphans' Fund Pledge Day on Friday, December 7th! Every donation of $98 or more will earn a reward of two free Giants tickets, a $10 White Spot gift card and a $10 Chevron gift certificate!

  FILL THE RINK ON RENFREW: FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 & SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
Help us fill the Food Bank this Thanksgiving Weekend by filling the Rink on Renfrew! Bring non-perishable food items and/or baby supplies to both the games on Friday, October 5 and Sunday, October 7. We'll collect all donations as fans enter the rink, with Friday's donations benefitting JRFM's Basics for Babies and Sunday's donations benefitting the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society.
  BC CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL FOUNDATION
Giants Co-Owner Michale Buble is a proud supporter of BC Childrens' Hospital Foundation, having donated countless dollars and hours to their cause over the course of his career. With the Giants, Michael has donated a suite for the entire season which is used to give deserving families a night out to cheer on the Giants! Also, Giants players and staff make regular visits to the hospital throughout the season.

HOCKEY DAY AT SDSS

Source: SOUTH DELTA LEADER 

Published: November 24, 2011

The bleachers were packed to capacity at South Delta Secondary School on Tuesday (Nov. 22) as students crammed into the gym for a one-of-a-kind sports game.

The intense interest wasn’t for a championship title or a home opener, but for a charity floor hockey event. Students dropped cash into a donation box to watch their teachers take on 12 fellow classmates who also moonlight as Vancouver Giants.

“It was overwhelming,” said organizer Sandra Adamson. The resource room teacher attributes the game’s success to 10 students from her class who helped co-ordinate the planning in the lead-up to the game. She said much of the inspiration came from three of the Giants who work as peer tutors for her class.

The idea to raise money came after the class watched an ESPN.com video that documented the struggles of Uganda’s national little league baseball team. Although the Ugandans qualified for last summer’s Little World Series, the players couldn’t compete due to visa and immigration issues that kept them outside of the United States.

She said the peer tutors took it upon themselves to encourage the class to make a difference.

The money raised at Tuesday’s game will go towards funding the efforts of the Langley Little League team, which represented Canada this past summer, to travel to Uganda and bring the Little World Series to Uganda.

“Because this isn’t about sports, but the right to play,” Adamson said.

All of the dozen Giants who attend SDSS played in Tuesday’s game, which ended in a 5-3 win for the students’ team. It was a rough and wild game and one teacher even ended up with a floorball smacking her directly on the mouth.

Giants education advisor Steve Fera said Adamson deserves a lot of the credit for the fundraiser’s success.

“Sandra (Adamson) was outstanding. It couldn’t have gone better,” said Fera. He even went so far as to name her the game’s first star on the teachers’ team.

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