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  • A generous donor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated $500,000 to The USA Hockey Foundation, designated for the Friends of Women’s Hockey Fund.
  • On Giving Tuesday in 2018, through the generosity of donors, the Foundation raised more than $13,000.

  • For the past nine years, Ray and Michelle Jacques and sponsor New England Schooner, have funded the USA Hockey Foundation Golf Classic. The event was held at The Golf Club at Turner Hill in Ipswich, Mass. Proceeds from this year’s event benefited the Jim Johannson Legacy Fund.

  • The Walt Disney Company and ESPN, Inc., awarded a $100,000 grant to the Foundation designated to the Friends of Women’s Hockey Fund, as part of ESPN honoring the U.S. Women’s National Team with the 2018 Sports Humanitarian Award.

  • Longtime supporters John and Johanna Boynton led a $50,000 matching gift challenge to support the Friends of Women’s Hockey Fund. With their efforts, the Foundation raised more than $188,000.

  • Every member of the USA Hockey Foundation Board of Directors is a donor to the Foundation.

  • The Foundation awarded $254,000 through travel grants to family members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams that competed in PyeongChang.

  • The Jim Johannson Legacy Fund, established in 2018, raised more than $190,000 in its first year to benefit grassroots community hockey programs across the country.

  • The Darian Locklear Memorial Grant was newly established in 2018 to provide grants to U14 through U19-specific AAA hockey programs in Michigan.


2019 Brianna Decker Endowment Fund Award Recipient

Waukesha County Youth Hockey Association

September 4, 2019

DELAFIELD, Wis. (CBS 58)- A two-time women's ice hockey Olympian from Waukesha County hopes to encourage young girls to get on the ice. Olympian Brianna Decker created a fund with the USA Hockey Foundation, and on Wednesday, she presented a check to the fund's first recipient.

The Brianna Decker Endowment Fund benefits youth girls hockey. For its first recipient Decker chose the Waukesha County Youth Hockey Association. The Olympian grew up playing on their teams, and now she's passing the torch to girls aspiring to be like her.

Girls lined up waiting to meet and get an autograph from Decker at the Nagawaukee Ice Arena in Delafield. There Decker presented a $2,500 check. The money will help provide hockey program grants to girls ages 10 and under.

The USA Hockey Foundation says the money Decker used to start the fund was a gift from the NHL after she agreed to skate in the NHL All Stars competition.

During the ceremony Decker said she created the fund to grow girls hockey in her hometown, something she holds near and dear to her heart.

"Obviously I wouldn't be where I am today without girls hockey,” said Decker. “I grew up around here and we only had boy's hockey for the most part so I know the game has grown a lot and this is an opportunity for me to grow the game even further.”

The USA Hockey Foundation says they support decker because she is a great role model for girls in ice hockey.

“As Olympians we make sure we're giving back to the community so that we can grow the game," adds Decker.

Decker will be inducted to the Wisconsin Hockey Hall Of Fame on Saturday, September 7.

By: Cearron Bagenda

Click here, for CBS 58 news video coverage.

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