Nomination Process Now Open for Bridgestone Mark Messier Youth Leadership Award
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Bridgestone is now accepting nominations for the fourth annual Bridgestone Mark Messier Youth Leadership Award until April 27, 2012.
The award, which will be presented before Game 3 of the 2012 Stanley Cup® Final, includes a $5,000 grant or scholarship for one exceptional individual who has embraced the sport of hockey as a means to make a difference. Qualifying individuals will represent a broad range of experiences with amateur hockey, and nominations are open to players, coaches, administrators, sponsors, officials and timers and scorers — so long as they can demonstrate how they used the sport to make a positive difference. [For complete award and nomination guidelines for the Bridgestone Mark Messier Youth Leadership Award, please visit: www.bridgestonetire.com/Messier.]
The 2011 recipient was Coach Alex DePalma of Brick, N.J. Coach DePalma founded the Brick Stars Challenger Ice Hockey program, which enables special needs children to experience the joy of hockey. DePalma effectively embraced the sport to instill the values of teamwork, hard work and giving back to the community.
“This program is very special to me,” Messier said. “This reward is an important way to call attention to the positive example set by those in the hockey community who have integrated sportsmanship with stewardship. I’m thankful to Bridgestone Americas for working together and helping this program continue to grow year after year.”
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