Amidst all of the tiresome back-and-forth rhetoric between Bettman and Fehr and the NHL and NHLPA, once in a while a story will jump out that’s good. That’s positive. That deserves some publicity.
Enter Jeff Golby, an Operations Director at Chimp Foundation. Jeff is helping to raise funds for Stepping Up, an initiative of Youth Unlimited. Stepping Up reaches out to the young and often neglected young dads in the community, believing that advocating, supporting and equipping young fathers is vital to this and the next generations’ health. Stepping Up works to meet dads where they are at, gives them practical skills that can sustain them, listens to their stories and offers support and care for them.
With this “End the Lockout” fundraiser, Jeff is encouraging people to donate and to help change the lives of these young fathers. One key element of Stepping Up is a Thursday night drop-in hockey for young dads called Hockey Night. Hockey Night provides the first point of contact with a group of men who will care, support and equip these young dads as they learn to be better fathers, partners and contributing members of their community. After the hockey, counselors are made available to any dad wishing to speak to them.
As a youth worker I can readily attest to the benefit of programs like Stepping Up and initiatives like Hockey Night. Thus, I invite you to consider donating to this worthy cause.
As fans, we may not have a say in ending the NHL lockout. But we can certainly help end the lockout for young fathers in the Lower Mainland.