In the spirit of Dale’s generous nature to give back to the community, proceeds from the Ducky Pond Hockey Classic will support three organizations that were very close to him:
True North Youth Foundation
The True North Youth Foundation (TNYF) dedicates resources to developing and operating programs that support youth in Manitoba. The TNYF assists youth in achieving their full physical, social, emotional, and intellectual potential by providing consistent, innovative, practical and accessible programs that offer underserved youth in Manitoba opportunities they might not otherwise have access to. Their programs – Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy, Project 11, and Camp Manitou – provide educational opportunities that help build life skills and shape character while promoting physical and mental wellness. By connecting with youth year-round and following them through their academic careers, connections to their schools and communities are strengthened, resulting in increased school attendance and graduation rates.
Hawerchuk Strong is an initiative supporting important causes close to the heart of Dale and the Hawerchuk family. Throughout his life, Dale raised funds for medical organizations, minor hockey programs and various other causes. Through the sale of Hawerchuk Strong apparel and collectibles and other initiatives, the organization carries on Dale’s commitment of giving back to others.
Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends Association
The Winnipeg Jets Alumni & Friends Association is comprised of former Winnipeg Jets and other former professional players who reside in Manitoba or have ties to Winnipeg. Their mission is to promote the game of hockey for all ages and give back to the local community by supporting charity events, minor hockey programs, student athlete scholarships, and other community initiatives.