Sport: Hockey, NHL
Team: New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars
Website: Brad Richards Foundation
Mission/Info: The Brad Richards Foundation exists to provide exceptional experiences and treatment for children and families enduring chronic and life threatening illness. The foundation also supports the advancement of youth and amateur sports. Launched by Richards during his years with the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Brad Richards Foundation focuses on causes in Prince Edward Island, Canada, where Brad was raised, Dallas where Brad spent four seasons of his career and coming soon to New York where Brad is in his first season as a New York Ranger.
The foundation has a long history of supporting pediatric hospitals and kids with cancer. September 2010, Brad announced a $500,000 donation to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Prince Edward Island. The gift was focused specifically on providing new, state-of-the-art medical equipment for kids being treated at the hospital. November 2010, the foundation hosted its first-ever Dallas fundraiser to raise money for the expansion of the Cancer Center at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.
For several years, the foundation has hosted the Brad Richards PEI Celebrity Golf Classic on Prince Edward Island, raising money for the foundation and two of its partner organizations – the PEI chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation and the Autism Society of Prince Edward Island.
Brad also had a long-standing tradition, called the “Suite Escape” of treating kids battling pediatric cancer and their families to games in a specially-designed suite, featuring a play area for the kids. The practice started during his time in Tampa Bay, where he hosted families in a suite at the St. Pete Times Forum, and he continued the tradition in Dallas at the American Airlines Center.
The Brad Richards Foundation has been actively involved with a variety of causes over the years. In Tampa, Brad launched Task Force 19 to honor members of the military and their families, as well as Richy’s Hot Shots, a program to help boost youth hockey in the Tampa area.
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