Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Cap'n Smiley and his good causes

Why does Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla rock as a community leader?

Recipient of the Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award for 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, given by the Calgary Flames to the "player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice, combined with dedication to community service."

In 2004, he was awarded with a NHL Foundation Award for Community Service and the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for which is given to the "player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community."

He is very active with KidSport in Calgary, an organization that provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged children to participate in sports. Iggy donates $1000 for every goal he scores at the end of the season; ie. 54 goals = $54,000. Nike and CIBC have also donated funds. During the summer, Iggy puts on a non-profit hockey camp for kids.

He is also involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation by being a spokesman and participating in various events, and the Shoot for the Cure foundation, part of CSRO, which raises money for spinal research, promotes safe hockey and increases awareness of neck injuries in hockey.

As one who works with children, I recognize the need for children to be provided with as many opportunities as possible; this helps with self-esteem, self-respect and respect for others, determination and confidence as well as brain and motor development.

Also he was picked as one of the top 50 Albertans in 2005 by the prestigious Alberta Venture magazine! Haha, so cute.

1 comment:

Jordi said...

Holy crap a thousand per goal, does his wife know he's doing that!?

He's a great guy, my friend says he's got the whole honest good man down pat.