Defending the Blue Line, the Minnesota-based organization that gives military families a chance to participate in the game of hockey, is receiving a RBC Play Hockey Grant.
Defending the Blue Line is one of four organizations receiving $25,000 to help grow the sport of ice hockey at the grassroots level. USA Hockey partner RBC has awarded a total of $100,000 in grants to four hockey organizations in the United States through its Play Hockey program. The other organizations include: Ice Hockey in Harlem (New York, N.Y.), Omaha Hockey Club (Omaha, Neb.), and USA Warriors Ice Hockey Program (Towson, Md.).
The goal of Defending the Blue Line is to supply financial assistance the children of military families across the nation to ensure that they are afforded the opportunity to participate in the game of hockey. In addition to financial assistance for registration fees and other costs associated with playing the sport, the organization provides access to free equipment, hockey camps, and special events for military families.
Defending the Blue Line will use grant money to offset the cost of annual youth hockey association league fees (up to $500 per family) for military families with strained finances directly related to conditions of their service to the U.S.
The organization is hosting a charity game and jersey auction at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28 at Mariucci Arena on the University of Minnesota Campus.