SOURCE: Hasek's Heroes

Hasek's Heroes

March 08, 2011 12:18 ET

2011 'Backyard Classic' Ice Hockey Tournament Raises $6,100 for Buffalo Inner City Hockey Organization, Hasek's Heroes

BUFFALO, NY--(Marketwire - March 8, 2011) -  Hasek's Heroes (Buffalo, NY) (www.haseksheroes.org), an organization which introduces inner city youth to ice hockey, has announced a total of $6,100 was raised from the 2011 'Backyard Classic' ice hockey tournament. These funds will be used to purchase new equipment for the organization's players.

Launched in 2007 and organized by Nicholas Penberthy, a senior at Williamsville North High School, (Williamsville, NY) (www.williamsvillek12.org/north_high.cfm), the tournament has grown in popularity annually, and now includes nearly 100 players representing numerous Western New York high schools. The tournament was originally played on Penberthy's East Amherst, NY backyard ice rink, which his family sets up each winter at their home. This year, the tournament expanded to two backyard rinks, thanks to Chris Taggart of Williamsville, NY. After seeing Nicholas' story last year, Taggart offered his rink, which expanded the tournament's capacity, and also offered to co-chair the event. 

Nicholas stated, "We had outstanding sponsor and tournament player support for this year's event, which helped us raise record funds. Since its founding, over $10,000 has been donated to Hasek's Heroes."

Sean Green, Executive Director of Hasek's Heroes, explained, "This tournament has resulted in hundreds of inner city youth being introduced to and playing ice hockey, in addition to providing great community exposure for our organization."

"I played hockey in the Amherst Youth Hockey league, Amherst NY (www.amherstyouthhockey.org) for six years, and my parents would buy me new equipment when I needed it. I wanted other kids to have that same happy feeling of putting on a new pair of hockey gloves, pants or skates," Nicholas reflected. "This year's proceeds will go a long way to reaching this goal."

Expanding the tournament to simultaneously playing hockey on backyard ice rinks across Western New York and making it a regional fundraising effort is Nicholas's ultimate goal. The tournament committee continues to seek contributions for 2011, and is also accepting donations of both new and used equipment, for the Hasek's Heroes organization. Chris Taggert stated, "We are already lining up sponsors for 2012." 

Sean Green can be reached at Hasek's Heroes, 2607 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY or 716-875-4820.

About Hasek's Heroes: Hasek's Heroes provides a foundation of athletic development and educational support, enabling children from low- to moderate-income families to achieve their future life goals. It provides them the opportunity to learn basic skating and hockey skills and, for those with the aptitude and commitment, the opportunity to participate in the tiered hockey development program. Hasek's Heroes works in partnership with the Buffalo Public School System to promote academic achievement as an integral component of athletics.

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