We, the DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation, are committed to supporting the hockey family. By accessing the unique power and compassion of the hockey community, we celebrate life and provide help in times of need.
DAWG Nation Hockey Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity dedicated to providing opportunities for persons with and without disabilities to gain confidence and independence through participation in national and international amateur ice hockey events, and to support local, national and international amateur ice hockey players and their families in times of crisis.
DAWG Nation believes in the power of ice hockey to give persons with and without disabilities the opportunity to gain independence and confidence through playing ice hockey and in the power of the ice hockey community to help amateur ice hockey players and their families in times of need.
At DAWG Nation, we believe that every ice hockey player regardless of level or ability should Play Hard. Play Fair. Give Back.TM
To date, DAWG Nation has provided over $1.8 million in financial support to families in their time of need. With additional funding partners and donors, we can reach more families. As we have grown, so have the number of recipient requests and the services these families need from their community to thrive again. Whether it is helping a disabled veteran get into sled hockey, a widow pay her bills as she is expecting her second child, a father fighting cancer to extend his life, a scholarship for two daughters left alone when their only parent has passed, or a burn victim recover with his spouse at his side, DAWG Nation will use these grant dollars to both help the recipient with the financial burden, but also provide the services that recipient needs to best recover.
DAWG Nation has a ten year history of creating and mobilizing a resourceful community around families in need to make their lives better. We pride ourselves on our ability to GIVE Back. Throughout our ten year history, we faced numerous tragedies and seemingly insurmountable obstacles alongside our recipients. We have witnessed firsthand the power of a community coming together to do what others said couldn't be done. With the help of organizations, companies and individual donors, we will continue the work of making the world a better place one recipient at a time.
Our help and assistance doesn't end with a check presentation or with the delivery of the important services we provide as we continue to walk alongside our recipients. Often times when our recipients have moved through their circumstances, they become donors, volunteers, and ambassadors for Dawg Nation, a touching tribute to how grateful they feel for the help they received when they needed it the most.
"To know there are people out there thinking about you and pulling for you it really helps to have that kind of support and Dawg Nation is always there giving it." - Kathie Kelly
"I can't think of a better cause to donate time and opportunity. I am truly inspired by everyone out there and honored to be included." - Odell Isaac
"Dawg Nation is by far the best organization for disabled veterans. What they did for me and my family was unbelievable and changed the course of our lives forever. The donation we received helped us get back on our feet and changed our lives beyond words. Thank you DAWG Nation, not only do you enrich lives, you save them." - Jason Shepperly, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor recipient