The Brianna Decker Endowment for Girls Hockey was created through the USA Hockey Foundation by 2018 Olympic gold medalist Brianna Decker.
The fund provides grants to 8U and 10U female hockey programs within the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association - in Brianna's home state - in its first year with the intent to grow nationwide in years to come.
Awards specific to this fund will be used exclusively to develop programs focused on increasing female youth participation in hockey by alleviating costs around ice and equipment, advertising and marketing, and overall development.
All awards will be paid to the qualifying USA Hockey association applying for the grant, and not to individuals. Grant requests must be submitted on an annual basis to The USA Hockey Foundation by the grant application deadline. Grant recipients are eligible to reapply for continued funding. Please note that applications for grants to be awarded in 2020 will be coming soon. For questions, please contact Sheila May (719) 538-1107.
Decker is a two-time U.S. Olympic medalist and six-time International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship gold medalist who has been a mainstay at forward for the U.S. Women's National Team for the past decade. Most recently, Decker helped the U.S. Women's National Team claim its fifth consecutive world title at the 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship in Espoo, Finland, and she was also a member of the gold medal-winning 2018 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team that claimed victory in thrilling shootout fashion at the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.
Decker spent the 2018-19 season playing for the Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women's Hockey League, which culminated in a victory over Montreal in the Clarkson Cup Final. She also previously helped the Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League win the 2016 Isobel Cup. A 2013 graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Decker helped the Badgers to the Division I national championship in 2011 and earned the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award as the top player in women's college hockey in 2012.
Decker was also recently named an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team for the second consecutive year after making her debut behind the bench last year at the 2018 Under-18 Series vs. Canada. She has previously served as a coach at various Central District camps and at USA Hockey Girls Under-18 Select Player Development Camps underscoring her commitment to growing the game and helping girls achieve their full potential in hockey.