National Hockey League Players’ Association, National Hockey League and Habitat for Humanity celebrate completion of building effort to aid Gulf Coast hurricane recovery
Build is part of $500,000 hurricane recovery effort in partnership with Habitat for Humanity
BILOXI, Mississippi (Feb. 26, 2009) – The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association are lending their support to Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to build the sixth house of a multi-house building partnership, aiding hurricane recovery efforts along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Employees of the NHLPA and the NHL today joined Habitat volunteers and the Lyons family to begin work on the family’s home at 6613 Flannigan Street in Moss Point. The project is the completion of a $500,000 NHL and NHLPA effort in partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.
“We are grateful for the support of the NHL and the NHLPA and the visibility the partnership has brought to the dire need for assistance and development still felt throughout the Gulf Coast,” said Chris Monforton, chief executive officer for Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast. “It is through deliberate, unsparing acts of kindness such as this that Habitat is able to continue its mission to rebuild the Gulf Coast and beyond.”
The $500,000 contribution from the NHLPA and the NHL has financed the building of six new homes in partnership with families affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita, with previous homes built in Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Nashville, Tennessee; and two in New Orleans, Louisiana.
“This partnership is an outstanding example of how an organization with a powerful local footprint can support and bring attention to Katrina devastation—in a way that elevates local interest in every city where they have a team and player presence,” said Mark Crozet, senior vice president of development for Habitat for Humanity International.
The overall partnership has engaged the NHL, the NHLPA, teams, players, employees, business partners and fans in various joint community efforts and hands-on experiences where it has been most needed, while fulfilling the Habitat mission of eliminating poverty housing and making safe, decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.
“The NHLPA and its members take pride in their commitment to Habitat for Humanity and their rebuilding efforts in the Gulf Coast,” said chairman of the NHLPA’s Goals & Dreams fund, Devin Smith. “Hurricane Katrina may not seem recent, but the effects are still a reality for the lives of many who were left homeless. The NHLPA is excited about their hands-on involvement in this final build, giving back to another family some of what they have lost.”
“The NHL is proud to be involved in this partnership that has helped those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina,” said Kenneth Martin Jr., vice president of community and diversity programming for the NHL. “This build is a reminder to all of us of the work that still needs to be done in this community. The NHL is committed to those in need as part of our initiative ‘The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice.’”
About the National Hockey League
The National Hockey League, founded in 1917, is the second oldest of the four major professional 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 younger, more educated and more affluent and access content through digital means more than any other sport. The NHL entertains more than 100 million fans each season in-arena and through its partners in national television (VERSUS, NBC, TSN, CBC, RDS, RIS, ESPN America, ASN and NHL Network) and radio (NHL Radio, Sirius XM Satellite Radio and XM Canada). Through the NHL Foundation, the League’s charitable arm, the NHL raises money and awareness for Hockey Fights Cancer and NHL Youth Development and supports the charitable efforts of NHL players. For more information on the NHL, log on to NHL.com.
About the National Hockey League Players’ Association
The National Hockey League Players’ Association, established in 1967, is a labor organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labor relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. The players’ program has donated full sets of hockey equipment to more than 9,000 economically disadvantaged children in 17 countries and assisted with upgrades and the building of hundreds of arenas world-wide. To date, Goals & Dreams has donated more than $17 million to grassroots hockey programs around the world, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visit nhlpa.com.
About Habitat for Humanity
In January 2007, HFH Harrison County and HFH Jackson County merged organizations to form Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, serving Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties. More than 250 homes are under construction or have been completed since the merger. To learn how you can help, visit www.hfhmgc.org.
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 1976, Habitat has built more than 300,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1.5 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.