Sven Baertschi has been an Ambassador for HEROS dating back to the start of his NHL career in Calgary, and more recently with the Vancouver Canucks. Sven has spent lots of time on the ice with HEROS participants, provided autographed items for year end awards, hosted HEROS participants at NHL games and events, as well as 1:1 visits with a HEROS participant in hospital.
This season we are very excited to announce Sven Scores for HEROS. Sven has generously offered to donate $500 for every goal he scores during the season. Sven Scores for HEROS dollars will be specifically used for the more than 100 HEROS participants in Vancouver and Surrey. Areas of focus include transportation and nutrition for the weekly programs, financial assistance for educational supports (such as tutors) and funding for career and vocational planning including financial aid for post secondary & vocational training.
I have loved my many years of involvement with HEROS, and I am really excited to be kicking off Sven Scores for HEROS. Every goal an NHL player scores is a dream come true, and the product of hard work, and contributes to the teams success. These lessons are part of what I like to share with HEROS kids, and to be able to help a great charity at the same time in a city I am proud to play in, will make this an even more exciting season. -Sven Baertschi
Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) is a volunteer-driven charity that uses the game of hockey to teach life-skills and empower Canada’s marginalized youth. For over 18 years HEROS has engaged over 7500 boys and girls. HEROS provides all programming FREE for our most vulnerable youth by providing a ’Team for life” culture, celebrating their first goal on the ice and assisting in their dreams off the ice. By providing a safe and stable environment for young people to succeed, connect and learn, HEROS guides its participants to become constructive citizens within their communities.
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