The voting period is now open for the Hockey Helps Kids third annual Charity Cup Challenge.
The Edmonton Oilers and five junior high schools across Edmonton have been working together to create awareness and funding for five different charities. On January 31st, the students joined their Oilers teammates at Rogers Place to reveal their work.
Each school was assigned a “team captain” from the Oilers (McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl, Lucic or Maroon) who then worked with students to help the charity of their choice. Each team filmed their charity work and turned it into a brief video, which they now hope will earn your vote.
“Lucic came in once we figured out we wanted to do Free2BMe. We’re really passionate about that charity because our school really believes that an active lifestyle is a good lifestyle,” said Dan Knott student, Avery Shupac.
The winning school gets $25,000 towards their cause, while the runners-up will each get $10,000.
“It gives us an idea to come together, helping the community, finding something that we all can agree on,” said Dr. Donald Massey student, Lieve Gateka. “It’s a time with no conflict. We’re all just helping each other trying to figure things out.”
- Team McDavid (Westmount Junior High School) supported the United Way of Alberta Capital Region
- Team Nugent-Hopkins (Mary Butterworth Junior High School) supported Dogs with Wings
- Team Draisaitl (D.S. MacKenzie Junior High School) supported the Mental Health Foundation
- Team Lucic (Dan Knott Junior High School) supported Free2BMe
- Team Maroon (Dr. Donald Massey Junior High School) supported the Edmonton Humane Society
To watch the videos and cast your vote, head to HockeyHelpsKids.com/vote. Voting closes on Feb. 25.
Hockey Helps Kids was founded by Harrison and Chloe Katz, the children of Oilers owner Daryl Katz, in 2016.