WINCHENDON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--THE WINCHENDON SCHOOL: The Ritchie Hockey Foundation, a non-profit scholarship fund established posthumously to honor Jason Ritchie, a beloved Winchendon School student and athlete who was tragically killed in a 2009 car accident, will host a Boston Bruins Alumni Game on Saturday, February 1, 2014 to raise funds for the 2015 scholarship. Ritchie’s mantra, “life is energy” now carries on through the scholarship established by family and friends in his name.
Lauren Kelly from Watertown, Mass., secured the honor of being the first woman to be awarded the scholarship. Kelly was also recently one of two women from Massachusetts tapped to tryout for the 2014 Women's Olympic Hockey Team and in 2011 she played China as part of the U.S. National team. The Winchendon School is in its 40th anniversary of becoming coed and Kelly has been instrumental in raising the bar for the girls hockey program and will continue her education and hockey career at Northeaster University this fall.
Who: The Ritchie Hockey Scholarship Foundation, was established by the Ritchie family in memory of Jason Ritchie who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2009. The Foundation’s mission is to provide resources and mentoring to deserving youth who share in Jason’s drive and dedication. Funded exclusively by individual and corporate donations as well as grant funding from other services, the Foundation focuses on helping children realize their dreams by providing them the tools needed to succeed. The Boston Bruins Alumni team is a non-profit organization made up of past players of the Boston Bruins. The Alumni actively coordinates Benefit Hockey Games to raise money for various charities and youth groups.
What: A Bruins Alumni Hockey game to raise funds for the Ritchie Foundation scholarship during the Winchendon School’s “Hockey Day.” Also honor Lauren Kelly, the 2014 scholarship recipient, who will play in the highly anticipated Winchendon’s Women’s Varsity game vs. Worcester Academy.
When: Saturday, February 1, 2014 full agenda of activities includes:
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Youth Goalie Clinic
12:30 p.m. -1:45 p.m. - Winchendon School Women's Varsity vs. Worcester Academy, featuring Lauren Kelly
2:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Winchendon School Men’s Varsity vs. Albany Academy
5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m. - Winchendon School/Ritchie Hockey Foundation All-Stars vs. Boston Bruins Alumni
The Winchendon School
172 Ash Street
Why: The Ritchie Hockey Foundation was founded in 2010 to provide support for tomorrow's leaders and focuses on hockey athletes as they believe the sport helps build character, commitment, teamwork, persistence, selflessness, academic excellence and sportsmanship. The Boston Bruins Alumni Hockey game is the largest fundraiser for the Ritchie Foundation. The goal is to raise $75,000 through the February 1, 2014 game.
How: People can purchase tickets for $15/pp by visiting the event website at: http://www.lifeisenergy.myevent.com/3/online_payment.htm. As part of the fundraiser, those who donate $500 or more can secure a coveted spot on the Ritchie Hockey Foundation team and take the ice to play the legends of the Boston Bruins. Space is limited to 30 players (26 skaters and four goalies). To purchase a place on the team, please contact: Patrick Tevlin or Kelly Desgroseilliers at 978-297-7919 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
About The Ritchie Hockey Scholarship Foundation (JRHSF)
The Jason Ritchie Hockey Scholarship Foundation (JRHSF), established by the Ritchie family in memory of Jason Ritchie who was tragically killed in a car accident in 2009, aims to provide resources and mentoring to youth who share in Jason’s drive and dedication. The JRHSF will help to shape the lives of tomorrow’s leaders by investing in deserving youth recognizing that hockey builds Character, Commitment, Teamwork, Persistence, Selflessness, Academic Excellence and Sportsmanship. The JRHSF is funded exclusively by individual and corporate donations as well as grant funding from other sources.