Plans are set for this year’s 2009 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic to be held August 1-3Ã‚Â in Oswego, according to Event Organizer Kevin Caraccioli.
The 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic returns once again this year on Saturday, August 1st and Sunday, August 2nd at the Campus Center Ice Arena at SUNY Oswego, and the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic will tee off on Monday, August 3rd at the Oswego Country Club.
The field of teams for both the youth hockey classic and golf tournament have been filled according to Caraccioli. Dinner/silent auction tickets for Monday evening are still available.
New to this year’s event will be a USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team Exhibition Game on Sunday, August 2nd from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation was established in 2007 by Oswego-native, NHL hockey player, Stanley Cup Champion, and U.S. Olympian Erik Cole. The non-profit organization was created to support youth hockey programs, as well as children who are suffering from cancer and other diseases.
“We’re looking forward to a great upcoming weekend for the Oswego community and the Dream Big Foundation,” said Cole. “We’ve added some additional activities, celebrities, and new corporate partners this year, and truly appreciate everyone’s support of our fundraising event.”
“We’re especially grateful for the continued support from our event sponsors Pathfinder Bank and Nike/Bauer for their assistance in helping us grow this weekend event bigger every year,” he added.
USA PARALYMPIC SLED HOCKEY TEAM EXHIBITION GAME
Members of the USA National Sled Hockey Team will join the weekend activities with an exhibition game against a team of former Oswego State Men’s Hockey players on Sunday, August 2nd from 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m at the SUNY Oswego Campus Center.
Admission is free of charge; however, donation of $5 per person or $10 per family is suggested to help offset expenses for hosting the team.
The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation and Move Along, Inc., a non-profit group based in Liverpool, New York, have partnered with USA Hockey to bring the sled hockey team to the SUNY Oswego Campus for the event. Move Along, Inc., and founder/Oswego-native Greg Callen, provide adaptive recreational opportunities for people who live with physical disabilities in Central New York.
The USA Paralympic Sled Hockey Team just recently finalized their 2009-10 team, and will convene for four training camps during the upcoming season, as well as two international tournaments and a pair of exhibition series against Canada in the lead-up to the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C.
This past year’s team captured its first-ever world title at the 2009 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship in Ostrava, Czech Republic. USA player Andy Yohe scored with 11 seconds left in the gold-medal game to secure the win.
Joining head coach Ray Maluta, of Rochester, NY, for the Dream Big Foundation Exhibition Game, will be players: Mike Blabac (Buffalo, NY), Chris Manns (Buffalo, NY), Andy Yohe (Bettendorf, Iowa), Brad Emmerson (Amherst, NY), Alexi Salamone (Grand Island, NY), and Adam Page (Lancaster, NY). In addition, Mason Newbold, the Junior National Player of the Year for the past 3 years in the Western USA Sled League will be on hand, as well as Rochester-native Tom Hagerty, the USA Sled Team’s intermediate goal tender, and a member of the Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey Organization for the past 10 years. His 2007 Sabres Intermediate Team won the Ontario Sled Hockey League Championship.
“We’re very excited to have these incredible athletes participate in our event,” said Cole. “This should be a great opportunity for the CNY community to see some of the world’s best sled hockey players in action against former Oswego State Laker players.”
YOUTH HOCKEY CLASSIC
The 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic, presented by Nike/Bauer, and supported in part by the Oswego Blue Line Club and Oswego Minor Hockey Association (OMHA), is a USA Hockey sanctioned event, and will once again hit the ice for OMHA Mite, Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam participants. The Mite Division is a new addition this year.
Each team will play 2 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday.
Complete tournament rules and a game schedules are available upon request by contacting Hockey Classic Tournament Coordinator Tim Graber at (315) 591-2906 or by emailing [email protected]
All participants will receive team jerseys provided by Nike/Bauer. The games are free for all spectators to enjoy.
“The Campus Center Ice Arena on the SUNY Oswego Campus will once again provide a great setting for our area hockey players and this community to enjoy some great competition,” Cole said. “We have a wonderful group of participants and coaches involved in the hockey classic, and we’re really looking forward to it.”
The golf event will be a four-person captain-n-crew format, and corporate teams will receive 18 holes of golf at the Oswego Country Club, golf cart, lunch, cocktail party, dinner, tee and green signage and a gift bag. Individual fees include everything but the tee and green signage. Tickets for the cocktail party and dinner can be purchased separately for $45 per person.
Breakfast, registration and goodie bag pickup, as well as use of the Oswego Country Club Driving Range and Putting Green will be available from 9-11 a.m. Team photos and celebrity introductions will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Cocktails and a silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner, an awards presentation, and live auction starting at 6 p.m.
Tim Horton’s will provide a light breakfast and coffee for both the hockey and golf events, and the Oswego Sub Shop has agreed to serve lunch at the turn during the golf tournament for the fourth straight year.
According to Caraccioli, as in year’s past there will also be a variety of on course activities, as well as silent auction items and raffle prizes.Ã‚Â Erik’s team, the Carolina Hurricanes, has figured heavily in this event, as well as the NHL, Nike/Bauer, and local supporters including Pathfinder Bank, the event sponsor.
“We’re really looking forward to a wonderful weekend of hockey, and a great day of golf on Monday,” said Caraccioli, “And, once again thank you to all of the local sponsorship support and volunteers who have stepped up to help with the tournament and its success.”
For more information regarding the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic, please call (315) 343-1939, or email [email protected]