Members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team recently made a significant contribution to selected youth hockey associations across the country, sending 300 total sets of OneGoal starter equipment to the programs that helped shape and inspire their own hockey dreams.
Each player on the American roster was provided with 12 sets of equipment to donate to the youth hockey association of their choice.
Anne Schleper (St. Cloud, Minn.), Gigi Marvin (Warroad, Minn.), Lee Stecklein (Roseville, Minn.) and Gopher Amanda Kessel (Madison, Wis.) had Minnesota associations benefitting.
Each equipment set includes shin pads, shoulder pads, elbow pads, pants, gloves, a helmet with a cage, and a bag.
"The Olympic dream began in many of these local hockey associations for our athletes and they never forget it," said Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey. "With the OneGoal program, they have an opportunity to help inspire a new generation of kids, while also saluting the people who helped them chase their Olympic dream."
Schleper, who will be playing in her first Olympic Winter Games, donated to a Minneapolis urban youth hockey association for which she served as a volunteer.
"Every time I had the opportunity to volunteer there, I was immediately filled with laughter and joy," she said. "I hope my donation becomes a great blessing to them and can help contribute to the wonderful standards they encourage every single day in their kids.
"Hockey gave me a way and a voice; all these kids need is an opportunity for the same."