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#HawerchukStrong10 Makes Sizeable Donation to True North Youth Foundation

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#HawerchukStrong10 Makes Sizeable Donation to True North Youth Foundation

On Thursday afternoon, the Dale Hawerchuk memorial fund – #HawerchukStrong10 – announced it had made a substantial $35K donation to the True North Youth Foundation, as a way of helping “countless undeserved youth in Manitoba reach their ultimate potential”.

#HawerchukStrong10 is an initiative that supports important causes close to the heart of the late Dale Hawerchuk and his family. Offering a fully-functional merchandise online shop, #HawerchukStrong10 has 10 different clothing items (19 different colour combinations) available for purchase on its website:

Through the creation, distribution and sales of various Dale Hawerchuk-inspired merchandise, the #HawerchukStrong10 campaign has been able to gather funds that have now been donated to True North Sports + Entertainment’s charitable body responsible for overseeing three major programs: Camp Manitou, Project Eleven, and Winnipeg Jets Hockey Academy.

The True North Youth Foundation’s three major projects focus on children and unlocking their potential through “consistent health, wellness, and activity programming that integrates into their school curriculum from kindergarten to grade twelve.”

The foundation provides youth with a positive, engaging and nurturing environment to grow, while working alongside various outside partners to help its outreach to youth within the community. More information on the True North Youth Foundation can be found here:

From the #HawerchukStrong10 website:

Dale Hawerchuk has a long and rich history of giving back through his Celebrity Golf Classic events. The Inaugural tournament held in 2002 at Hockley Valley Resort in Orangeville, Ontario was in support of a young girl in need of a bone lengthening operation. That year the Dale Hawerchuk Golf Classic raised over $40,000 to assist with this life changing opportunity.

For the next 9 years we concentrated on growing the event and building relationships to create one of the best golf events in Ontario, while raising money for Headwaters Health Care Centres. We had great partners over the years who allowed us to begin raising money from day one. Because of incredible Canadian companies like Zellers and Bell Canada who supported us in the early years, and Scotiabank, who has been the proud Presenting Sponsor for the last 13 years, we have been able to take the event to the next level.

In 2013, the tournament found a home in beautiful Muskoka at ClubLink’s Rocky Crest Resort, and in 2010 we expanded the event to include a second tournament in Winnipeg at the Elmhurst Golf Club. Over this time Dale has supported so many causes, both large and small, from minor sports programs, to supporting local SPCA requests, to hospital equipment needs and refurbishing of patient rooms.

Along the way, proceeds from his golf events have been used to purchase wheelchairs for families in need and provide scholarships for kids who have lost a parent. Deserving charities such as Easter Seals Ontario, Manitoba Kidney Foundation and the True North Youth Foundation (Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club’s foundation), were all recipients of our fundraising. 

Dale has been an inspiring leader, teacher and builder all of his life, and his commitment to doing things for others is unparalleled. He believes it is his responsibility and that of his family to do whatever he can to give back, never expecting any acknowledgement. Let’s follow his lead and continue to give back to the important causes closest to Dale.

Carter Brooks - Associate Editor of Game On Magazine - is a news writer and sports columnist situated in Winnipeg, MB. On top of reading and writing, his favourite pastimes include camping, car-modification projects and coaching hockey. Carter can be reached at

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