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December 27, 2005
First “Hockey Coaches Care” Grants To Be Awarded

After two years dedicated to establishing the proper legal status, as well as raising funds, Hockey Coaches Care is ready to begin awarding grants.

Hockey Coaches Care is an organization committed to helping members of the amateur hockey community in times of need, as well as organizations within the amateur hockey community that seek to serve the best interests of its members.

Funding for Hockey Coaches Care, a tax-exempt, 501 (c) (3) organization incorporated in the state of Maine, comes from a wide range of individuals and organizations. A portion of the start-up funding for Hockey Coaches Care will come from the Shawn Walsh Foundation, a fund set up to honor the late University of Maine head coach.

Hockey Coaches Care will consider applications for grants twice a year, with individual and organizational awards, capped at $5,000, issued in May and November of each year.

The Hockey Coaches Care Selection Committee is comprised of: Dr. Alan Ashare, Medical Representative; Joe Bertagna, Hockey East Association; Brian Burke, Anaheim Mighty Ducks; Bruce Delventhal, SUNY Plattsburgh; Roger Grillo, Brown University; Laura Halldorson, University of Minnesota; Ron Mason, Michigan State; Larry Pleau, St. Louis Blues; Jeff Sauer, WCHA; Dave Smallwood, Itech/Mission; Mark Tabrum, USA Hockey; Gary Thorne, Media Representative; Jim Tortorella, Colby College; Kevin Walsh, At-Large Member.

Anyone interested in applying for a Hockey Coaches Care grant may request a form from Jim Tortorella, Menís Ice Hockey Coach, Colby College, 4913 Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901.

Here are the questions an applicant would need to answer:

  • What is your connection to the amateur ice hockey community?
  • If applying as an organization, what is the goal of your organization?
  • If applying as an individual, what type of disease, sickness or tragedy has occurred to the applicant? Please describe in detail:
  • How much of a financial award is the applicant seeking? (The maximum available grant will be $5,000.00)
  • Is the applicant applying for any other charitable grants to assist with the disease, sickness, or tragedy?
  • Is the insurance company of the applicant providing financial restitution? If no, submit a letter of denial from the company. If yes, how much?
  • Will the family of the applicant provide any additional sources of funds?
  • How will the grant be used by the applicant?

Individual applicants must include:

  • most recent 1040 form
  • job description and salary compensation
  • a complete listing of assets
  • a listing of other sources of income

Organizational applicantsmust include:

  • a copy of your IRS determination status
  • a list of current Officers and/or Board of Directors
  • current operating budget

All must list the name and affiliation of the applicantís two (2) references and enclose the references.

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