On Saturday, Feb. 6 the BHBS Hockey Team participated in the 6th annual Brave Will Hockey game where 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] The organization was founded by The Hladun Family who lost their beloved son, Will, to a life-threatening illness.
Today was an especially emotional day for the Hladun Family as it was the anniversary of the passing of their son. Matt Hladun spoke to the standing-room-only crowd about how the Foundation came to be and why it was so important that today they be surrounded by the love and energy of the crowd and team.
This was the sixth 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. They also had a themed basket raffle.
As a result, the team was able to raise $1,740 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. The team also made a wall quilt for the Brave Will Palliative Care Suite at Albany Medical Center Children's Hospital, which was opened last summer.
Over the past six years, the BHBS hockey family has raised more than $6,000 for the Brave Will Foundation.