IceCaps Care/Williams Family Foundation Overview
“We’re more than just a hockey team,” – Glenn Stanford, Chief Operating Officer
The IceCaps are pleased to be able to give back to the community that has given them so much. The IceCaps Care Foundation is a way to give back to the people who have supported the IceCaps from before the team even had a name.
“I think it’s important that we support the people who are supporting us,” said Stanford.
Through the foundation, the IceCaps raise funds for various education, health/wellness and youth programs as well as providing financial support to various charities. The funds are raised through 50/50 ticket sales and other fundraising efforts.
On-ice the IceCaps are hockey players, a group of athletes at the top of their game. Off-ice the team is a visible part of the community.
For more information regarding IceCaps Care and other community initiatives, please contact Trevor Murphy, Director of Community Partnerships.
Helping Kids. Helping Families.
Gabriel William Morris was born prematurely and at only 24 weeks old, weighed just 1 pound and 11 ounces – about the same as a bag of sugar. For the first four months of his young life, Gabriel lived under the amazing care of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
With tubes and wires connected to his fragile body, Gabe struggled everyday just to survive. But this tiny little boy had an extraordinary fighting spirit, and he was determined to prove to the world that he was here to stay! With his family by his side, each day Gabe grew stronger. As the months passed, Gabe proved the experts wrong and beat the overwhelming odds against him; and after 127 days he left the hospital and went home with his family. Today, Gabe is a thriving, healthy eleven year-old brother to Abbigayle and Charlotte; a typical young boy who loves computer games and excels at gymnastics. He is living proof that miracles really do happen!
Gabe was very blessed and fortunate to have incredible care and support from day one. But during his time at the NICU, his family was saddened to see first hand how many other families were facing similar issues, with young children struggling everyday with unthinkable health care challenges. They were particularly struck by the number of families who struggled financially just to make sure their kids got the critical and necessary health care services they required just to survive.
From that point on, they decided to make it their mission to help other families with sick children like Gabe. Families who needed a helping hand in their greatest hour of need. The Williams Family Foundation was established primarily to serve this purpose and since that time has helped countless children and families when they need it the most. To-date, the Foundation has dispersed more than $1 million to people in need.