Lakeville South Squirts C Chosen as Winning Team

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Hiway inspired youth hockey teams throughout the State of Hockey to use the same teamwork so important for success on the ice to help kids off the ice with serious health conditions through an innovative new program that raised nearly $10,000 for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare in Saint Paul.

Hiway Hockey Kids4Kids, a collaboration with the Minnesota Wild and Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk, encouraged youth hockey teams to use their own creative ideas to raise funds for Gillette Children’s. Teams that raised $500 or more qualified to win a one-of-a-kind team party in a suite at the Minnesota Wild – Detroit Red Wings game on Sunday, March 4, 2018. The Lakeville South Squirts C team was selected at random by Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare patient Joe Carr in a ceremony on February 16, 2018 at the hospital. Joe doesn’t let cerebral palsy prevent him from being a passionate adaptive floor hockey player.

“Our son, Dane, received physical therapy and occupational therapy services at Gillette Children’s for several years when he was younger,” said Lakeville South Squirts C team organizers Rick and Cindy Schumacher. “Today, thanks at least in part to Gillette Children’s, he’s a healthy, active kid who plays multiple sports. He's finishing his second year of hockey and is gearing up for another season on the soccer field."

"Everyone we encountered at Gillette Children’s was kind, professional, caring, and exceptional at what they do,” the Schumachers’ said. “We’ve seen the difference that Gillette can make, so we’re big believers. When we learned about the Hiway Hockey Kids4Kids campaign, an opportunity to raise money for Gillette Children’s while giving our kids a chance to win a team party at a Wild game, it was a no-brainer. Thanks to donations from friends and family, we ended up raising just over $1,100. Then, when our team was drawn to win a team party in a suite at a Wild game, that made something good just that much better!”

“Hiway Hockey Kids4Kids is a wonderful campaign with the promise of helping so many other kids achieve their dreams. We’re thankful to have been a part of it!”

In addition to the team party in the suite, the Lakeville South Squirts C experienced an exclusive pregame tour of the Xcel Energy Center, met members of the Minnesota Wild and received merchandise from the Wild and Hiway.

“Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare is a wonderful, wonderful organization,” said Hiway President and CEO Dave Boden. “We want to thank all of the kids and teams that helped other kids in our community who may not be able to play the great game of hockey due to serious medical conditions or injuries. Not only did they help an important cause, they experienced the power and joy that comes with giving.”

“We are so thankful for the support of Hiway, the Minnesota Wild, Devan Dubnyk and youth hockey players in helping to raise money and awareness for Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare,” said Dennis Jolley, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Gillette. “Their support on behalf of kids experiencing health challenges will make a real difference right here in Minnesota.”

Hiway Hockey Kids4Kids ran from November 14, 2017 through February 10, 2018.  Any youth hockey team governed by Minnesota Hockey, the official governing board of youth hockey in the state, was eligible to participate. All participating teams were invited by Hiway to skate as their guests on the Xcel Energy Center ice on February 16 and February 18.