FLYERS CHARITIES ANNOUNCES NEW CHARITABLE GIVING PRIORITIES, MULTI-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY INCLUDING $75,000 COMMITMENTOctober 5th, 2021
PHILADELPHIA (October 5, 2021) – Flyers Charities, the nonprofit arm of the Philadelphia Flyers, which has donated more than $30 million to local causes and organizations, today announced that moving forward, it will focus on three charitable giving priorities:
- Supporting families impacted by cancer;
- Growing the game of hockey in diverse communities;
- Championing environmental sustainability.
As part of this renewed focus, Flyers Charities recently signed a multi-year partnership with the American Cancer Society, in support of ACS HEALED (Health and Energy Through Active Living Every Day), which aims to educate and encourage people to live healthier lives in the present moment. Flyers Charities has committed to gifting a total of $75,000 to HEALED over their multi-year partnership. Flyers Charities, which raises and donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year, has long focused on supporting families impacted by cancer and spreading the game of hockey to communities throughout the Philadelphia region. Just last year, Flyers Charities donated $100,000 to the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, $25,000 to Bringing Hope Home, a Chester County-based non-profit that helps pay essential household bills for families with cancer, $25,000 to the local chapter of Ronald McDonald House, and more.
“For decades, Flyers Charities has supported worthy causes throughout the Philadelphia region, and we’ve decided to focus on these three priorities to ensure we can make a real difference in areas that are particularly important to our organization and Flyers fans,” said Executive Director of Flyers Charities, Cindy Stutman. “By focusing on three issues that are particularly important to us, we’re able to make even larger targeted donations, like our $75,000 commitment to the American Cancer Society.”
As part of the American Cancer Society’s mission of leading the fight for a world without cancer, ACS HEALED’s goals are to reduce suffering and death due to cancer and to create a supportive community for cancer survivors, caregivers and loved ones. The American Cancer Society has set a challenge goal to reduce overall cancer mortality to 40% by 2035. One of most important efforts to reach this goal is one to control excess body weight, physical activity, and good nutrition.
“As the American Cancer Society HEALED community champion, I am excited to educate and encourage people to live healthier lives in the present moment. I have not felt this sense of calling since 1996 when I was fortunate to publicly share a mission of winning the NBA World Championship for the City of Philadelphia,” said Pat Croce, American?entrepreneur, sports team executive and owner, author, and TV personality. “As someone who has been touched by cancer, today I am blessed in a different way with a greater mission and larger audience. Being part of this enlightening Community means you’re doing good. You’re making a positive difference, not only in the lives of others, but also in your life.”
Going forward, Flyers Charities will create partnerships with local organizations and organizational chapters to create lasting impacts year over year, and Flyers Charities will also begin accepting applications from local non-profit organizations for annual grants.
For more information regarding Flyers Charities, upcoming events, and how to contribute, visit FlyersCharities.com or follow along on social media @FlyersCharities. All funds raised through donations, event participation and purchases help Flyers Charities to continue spreading their mission throughout and beyond the Philadelphia area.
The American Cancer Society will also take part in Flyers Charities’ third annual Gritty 5K presented by Penn Medicine, taking place in the Wells Fargo Center Complex on Saturday, November 6. The 2021 Gritty 5K will combine the typical in-person race format with an added virtual aspect so that fans can participate from anywhere in the world. Both in-person and virtual runners can register for the race now here.