Vice President, Michigan Pond Hockey Sports Charities
President, Michigan Pond Hockey Sports Charities
The Michigan Pond Hockey Sports Charities (MPHSC) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit charity. This tournament is a fund raising event for this charity. All the proceeds from the tournament go directly to a fund that will be dispersed to local school districts and local youth sports organizations.
Michigan Pond Hockey Sports Charities (MPHSC) provides families in need of financial assistance for their children to participate in youth athletic programs.
Many school districts are forced to adopt a "pay to participate" model for school athletic programs. Families that cannot afford to pay this fee can work directly with the athletic directors of local area school districts, who are in contact with the MPHSC Board of Directors. The support from the MPHSC will encourage and promote the health and well-being of children through youth athletics.
Individuals and area school districts who donate their time to volunteer at the Michigan Pond Hockey Classic raise money for their athletic organizations. Any families in need of assistance paying the “pay to participate” fees are encouraged to contact the athletic directors of our area school districts, who will then work directly with the MPHSC to disburse funds as needed.
There’s something about Pond Hockey that touches us all; memories of our youth, a chance to get outside and celebrate the cold winter, and another way to play the greatest game we know. With events such as the NHL Winter Classic helping grow popularity for hockey and celebration for the game in its purest form. We are fortunate to have our own opportunity to bring this enthusiasm to Michigan, in the form of the Michigan Pond Hockey Classic.
The event was the brainchild of a couple of Whitmore Lake residents, Pete Read and Sam Iaquinto. These men share passions for both the greatest game on earth, and the love of winter activities. Read's passion for the game helped channel a vision of an old time hockey tournament held in Whitmore Lake; essentially, a tournament boasting “hockey the way it was meant to be played.”
Read got together with Iaquinto, and the first annual Michigan Pond Hockey Classic was born in 2008. As we head into the eighth year, the tournament has grown both in size and maturity. We learn from the past, and improve each year to provide our participants a well-run tournament while growing the level of participation in a manageable way. The bottom line is, and has been since inception, to provide an unforgettable experience for all participants. To be able to grow the sport in Michigan and support local charities is simply an added reward to the efforts of all those involved.
We are all fortunate to have had a hand in creating this special weekend on an annual basis, and are even more privileged to be able to promote our beloved sport of hockey.