THE NHLPA, NHL AND NHL All-Stars build a house with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity during 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration
Build is part of a $500,000 hurricane-relief effort in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International
DALLAS (Jan. 23, 2007) – As part of the community involvement at the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, the National Hockey League (NHL), National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), NHL All-Stars, NHL YoungStars, NHL Alumni and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers began construction on a new home in partnership with a family displaced by Hurricane Katrina. The house build is part of a $500,000 NHLPA and NHL hurricane-relief effort in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.
The NHL and NHLPA’s $500,000 contribution is financing the building of six new homes in partnership with families affected by Hurricane Katrina through Habitat for Humanity International’s hurricane rebuilding effort, “Operation Home Delivery.” This project engages the NHL, NHLPA, teams, players, employees, business partners and fans in a joint community effort and hands-on experience where it is most needed, while fulfilling the Habitat mission of eliminating poverty housing and making decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. The build in Dallas is the fourth NHL/NHLPA-sponsored Habitat event, with the previous builds being held in Nashville, Tenn.; Atlanta, Ga.; and Raleigh, N.C.
“Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity is proud to be a part of this important initiative, which is truly impacting the lives of those displaced by Hurricane Katrina,” remarked Norm Wilbur, executive director, Dallas Area Habitat. “Because of the tremendous contributions of the NHL, NHLPA and Habitat for Humanity International, the dream of homeownership will finally become a reality for the Nunnery family.”
The NHLPA, NHL, NHL All-Stars, YoungStars and Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity volunteers framed a house in the American Airlines Center parking lot. After being framed there, the house will be finished by volunteers at the home’s permanent location in South Fair Park in Dallas. The house will provide hope for the Rosalind Nunnery family from New Orleans who have relocated to Dallas. The players also autographed a ceremonial hammer that is being passed from team to team where the sponsored houses are built.
“The NHLPA and its members are excited about their continued involvement in Habitat for Humanity’s rebuilding efforts, benefiting families still recovering from the disasters in the U.S. Gulf Coast,” said Mike Gartner, chairman of the NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund. “The players’ commitment to making a meaningful impact in the communities that support them season after season is what makes them true all-stars.”
“Habitat for Humanity is a great addition to the community events of the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration,” said Bernadette Mansur, NHL Foundation executive director. “Working with our players and NHL fans in Dallas on the NHL build is a great way to give back to the community.”
“Habitat for Humanity is grateful for the friends we have in the NHL and the Players’ Association,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International. “They continue to help families find the stability that a decent, safe and affordable house gives them.”
The 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, hosted by the American Airlines Center in Dallas, will feature live national broadcasts of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event on Tuesday, Jan. 23, and the NHL All-Star Game on Wednesday, Jan. 24, on VERSUS in the United States and CBC and RDS in Canada starting at 8 p.m., ET. NASN, the NHL’s exclusive broadcast partner in Europe, will provide live coverage of the Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills event and the NHL All-Star Game to more than 25 countries and territories in Europe. NHL RADIO on Westwood One will provide exclusive, national radio coverage in the United States and Canada, while Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio each will provide radio play-by-play coverage of the game.
About the National Hockey League Players’ Association
The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labor union whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA is located in Toronto, Ontario, and works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labor law, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund, a $15-million hockey program which is the largest grassroots hockey program ever created. The players’ program has donated full sets of hockey equipment to more than 8,000 economically challenged children in 17 countries and assisted with upgrades and the building of hundreds of arenas worldwide. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit www.nhlpa.com.
About the National Hockey League
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second-oldest of the four major team sports leagues in North America. Today, the NHL consists of 30 member clubs, each reflecting the league’s international makeup, with players from more than 20 countries represented on team rosters. According to a Simmons Market Research study, NHL fans are educated, tech-savvy and the youngest of all of the fans of any other professional sport. Through the NHL Foundation, the league’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer, Hockey’s All-Star Kids and NHL Diversity, and supports the charitable efforts of all NHL players. The Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation is the official children’s charity of the NHL and the NHLPA. Its Top Shelf Teammates program contributes financial resources to nonprofit organizations that benefit children’s health, education and inner-city services. For more information on the NHL, log on to www.nhl.com
About Dallas Habitat for Humanity
Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry that builds quality, affordable homes in partnership with deserving families. Our goal is to eradicate substandard low-income housing in Dallas County. Dallas Area Habitat is the seventh largest homebuilder in Dallas and ranks third in home building among U.S. Habitat for Humanity affiliates. Contact Dallas Habitat at (214) 678-2300 or www.dallas-habitat.org.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in Americus, Ga., in 1976, Habitat has built more than 200,000 houses in nearly 100 countries, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.