On Saturday, Jan. 17, skate blades were sharpened and sticks were taped in preparation for the 5th annual Brave Will Hockey game sponsored by the Burnt Hills-Ballston Spa Varsity Hockey team. At the game the team recognized and honored the Brave Will Foundation, which is a not-for-profit charitable organization that focuses on children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. [Brave Will Foundation]
This was the fifth year the BHBS Hockey team supported the foundation--and the support is truly a school-community effort. The team, coaches, and parents organized a school fundraiser called the “Dump and Change” collection. Students in both the Burnt Hills and Ballston Spa school districts were asked throughout a week to donate loose change in collection containers placed throughout the schools. In addition, parents of the players collected items for raffles that are given out during the game.
As a result, the team was able to raise $1,100 in support of the children and families the Brave Will Foundation supports. Additionally, the Bethlehem hockey team, that played against the BHBS team, also made a generous monetary donation.
"This is the fifth year that we have participated in this event and have watched how it has grown into such an amazing event," says Colleen Grabb, a parent of a BHBS Hockey player and Brave Will Foundation volunteer. "The players, parents, and coaches are so committed not only to our foundation but to the people who have supported them with this cause over the past five years."