Our Mission

Our Goal

It’s pretty simple….Get more kids to the rink. And keep them coming back.

By introducing more kids to hockey, Skatesgiving strengthens community ties, promotes excellent skills in our youth, and fosters exercise and good mental health at an early age.

Funds raised from the Breckenridge Skatesgiving event are donated to Summit Youth Hockey to fund free hockey for children under 8, and hopefully provide scholarships for older age groups, and assist with gear as needed. Our goal is to use those funds to introduce children to an activity that teaches teamwork, confidence and good sportsmanship.

In 2021, we added SkatesGiving events in Gunnison and Glenwood Springs, Colorado and also in Canandaigua, New York.

In Gunnison, proceeds from the skate will be used to provide Free Youth Hockey and Purchasing Gear for West Elk Hockey just like Summit Youth Hockey does in Breckenridge. West Elk Hockey provides hockey for Gunnison and Crested Butte, Colorado.

Glenwood Springs Youth Hockey is excited to partner with Summit Youth Hockey & West Elk Hockey in their first annual Skatesgiving. GSYHA (Grizzly Hockey) will be utilizing the proceeds from this event to subsidize the cost of all incoming 8U aged players for the 2022/2023 season; their goal is to offer these incoming 8U players & families the opportunity to participate at no cost to them.

In Canandaigua, NY, the SkatesGiving event will fund their beginners program. The Canandaigua Knights Youth Hockey will partner with their local Dick’s sporting goods at their outdoor rink to host a SkatesGiving on Black Friday.

In addition to expanding SkatesGiving events to multiple locations, SkatesGiving sponsored the 10U team on the Mountain Selects. SkatesGiving recognizes the value of youth hockey and promoting the availability to everyone in the mountains and to additional age groups. At SkatesGiving, we align with the Mountain Select goal of making the sport accessible and generating awareness of the positive growth it brings to young athletes.

Our Impact (So Far)

Because of the high cost of hockey, SkatesGiving facilitates more children playing a sport that they might not otherwise play. This provides life skills that encourage leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship, exercise, and strong relationships.

50k +

funds raised

2 seasons

of hockey sponsored

scholarships

multiple provided

3 teams

given new gear

50k +

funds raised

scholarships

provided

2 seasons

of hockey sponsored

3 teams

given new gear

Our misson

Our Commitment

To bring the benefits of SkatesGiving to other communities across the country. As we expand to different locations, We plan to provide sponsorship matching to provide seed funds so that Skatesgiving can impact each of the local programs. As we expand to multiple locations, local sponsorship funds, and drop-in donations raised in each community will remain in that location.

We will also work to bring in title sponsors whose funds will spread across all participating hockey programs. Funds from the Skatesgiving “Hockey Stories” Zoom Fundraiser will be spread across all of the communities that participate. Thank you for being a part of Skatesgiving and supporting our mission.

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