Calgary Flames Foundation pledges to enhance Rattlers women’s hockey
The Medicine Hat College (MHC) Rattlers women’s hockey team is gaining support from the Calgary Flames Foundation as they receive a $37,500 pledge to help sustain and enhance the program.
The upcoming 2023/24 season will be the first offering of women’s hockey in MHC’s history and head coach, Chad Baron, says over the next three years the donation will help to support their program, especially as they work to establish the team.
“We want to send a huge thank you to the Calgary Flames Foundation for their commitment and generosity in growing female hockey in Canada,” says Baron. “Their generosity will allow us to better support our athletes through equipment upgrades, team building, mental health training initiatives, and many other aspects of the program.”
A portion of the donation will also provide support to student athletes via financial awards. Ten women’s hockey athletes, equally dedicated to their studies and sport, will be eligible to receive $500 of funding each year.
“Support of post-secondary athletics is a priority for the Calgary Flames Foundation and the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation,” said Candice Goudie, executive director of the Calgary Flames Foundation. “The opportunity to partner with the Rattlers and help support and amplify women’s hockey is a privilege. We are looking forward to the hockey season starting.”
Baron adds, the funding helps to create opportunities for women to obtain valuable education while continuing their hockey careers at a high level. He expresses his excitement for the development of a program the campus and community will be proud of.