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October 2015

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Harvard University has a long history of excellence both in the classroom and on the ice. With 33 NCAA tournament appearances and more than 50 All-Americans to their credit, the men's and women's programs are well known in hockey circles. And with the launch of a new program to benefit youth in the area surrounding the Cambridge, Mass., campus, the Crimson will soon be known for giving back to the community. Starting Oct. 20, players on both squads are teaming up to create Making Strides Count, an eight-week learn-to-skate program for middle schoolers from the Boys and Girls Club of Sommerville. "Our aim is that over the course of the program, kids will gain confidence in themselves to pur- sue their dreams and overcome challenges they may face," said Crimson captains Kyle Criscuolo and Michelle Picard. The first four weeks will be devoted to teaching the funda- mentals of skating, followed by four weeks of basic hockey skills. The goal is to prove that by learn- ing to skate will show them that they are capable of learning new skills, but also that time, focus, and perseverance are needed to accomplish goals. In addition to providing each youngster with the necessary gear and healthy snacks, Crimson players will spend time helping kids with their homework. Several speakers have also been lined up to deliver positive messages. A website (MakingStridesCount .org) has also been created for those wishing to donate to the cause. PHOTOS COURTESY OF Fromm family; Renee Martinez; Getty Images OCTOBER. 2015 USAHOCKEYMAGAZINE.COM 08 Cleveland Barons U15 hockey team is looking to stand up for those who have been struck down by Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Teaming up with John Owen's Adventure Inc., the Barons have created a special fundraiser to help raise awareness and money to help find a cure for the fatal disease that primarily affects young boys. "Your child will go from running around to being completely dependent on a wheelchair to not living past the age of 20," Renee Martinez, manager of the Cleveland Barons, said of the disease. To participate a person has to do as many push ups as they can, film it and then challenge three friends to either complete as many as they did, or donate to the DMD charity. Using the hash tag #DMDPushUpChallenge, Martinez hopes it will evolve into a viral Internet phenomenon on par with the Ice Bucket Challenge of several years ago. "This started out just being a fundraiser to help our team cover some of our travel costs," Martinez said. "When we started to think about it, we don't want more than we need. Let's raise what we can and give the rest to someone who needs it." Their goal is to raise $25,000 for the charity. For more information on the disesase and how to participate or donate, go to "We are asking people to challenge themselves," Martinez said. "And to give strength to boys who are losing their strength." BARONS BRING 'A' GAME TO SUPPORT GREAT CAUSE Most kids who are offered money at a young age wouldn't think twice about taking it. Jordan Fromm is not like most kids. He used his windfall to start his own charity. Six years ago a family friend offered to give the aspiring young goaltender money for each shutout he racked up during the season. Realizing he didn't necessarily need the money, Fromm began brainstorming worthy charities that he could donate the money to, and Shutouts For Kids was born. The 18-year-old decided to split the donations between the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and the Make A Wish Foundation. "They both had children involved," said the North Wales, Pa., native. "That was the driving force." Over the course of the past six seasons, Fromm has raised more than $60,000. Just this past year, his final season in youth hockey, he and his family decided to match what was raised. The charity raised $10,000, bringing the total for the year to $20,000. Fromm plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania this year, but that won't stop his philanthropic endeavors. "Hopefully I will play for their club team," he said. "So I can continue to raise money by myself." He doesn't want to stop there. Fromm has created a legacy program to open up the charity to other youth hockey goalies, who can register at his website From there they raise money for the two charities Fromm has chosen or pick another charity where they want 50 percent of their proceeds to go, pending Fromm's approval. "I'm just trying to involve other youth goalies to increase the fundraising, network and influence of Shutouts For Kids," he said. Fromm hopes to one day be involved in the business side of the game, and with a charity like this, he is off to a great start. Youth Goalie Turns Shutouts Into Opportunities For Others on the fly USA HOCKEY PEOPLE & PROGRAMS Harvard Skaters Look To Make Strides In The Community

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