BCHL, Shaw, & Chiefs team up to support Special Olympics

March 17, 2022

BCHL fans across Canada can text 41010 to support local charities selected by each of the Canadian BCHL teams

Shaw will match each donation dollar-for-dollar

Shaw Communications Inc. and the B.C. Hockey League are teaming up once again to bring back Brighter Communities powered by Shaw – a text-to-donate initiative supporting local charities in B.C. communities.

For the second year in a row, each of the 17 Canadian BCHL teams are partnering with a local charitable organization that is working to make a difference in their community. From now until May 31, fans can make a $10 donation to support their team’s charity by texting a unique code to 41010. 

The Chilliwack Chiefs have decided to support Chilliwack Special Olympics as their local charity. 

“As a junior hockey club, we know first hand the power of sports. That’s why it was so important that this season we grew our partnership with Special Olympics Chilliwack,” said Barry Douglas, Team Governor and Vice-President – Business Operations. 

This season, four Chiefs players committed to helping coach the Special Olympics Floor Hockey team. Throughout the year they were joined by a number of their teammates coming out to practices. 

 “Watching the bonds that grew between Kienan Draper, Abram Wiebe, Frankie Carogioiello, Dawson Good, and the Special Olympics athletes this year was very special. Our players got as much out of it as the athletes. That is why we felt we should support Special Olympics Chilliwack with the Shaw Brighter Communities initiative,” Douglas said. 

 Chiefs fans can text CHWKIDS to 41010 to donate $10.

“We are thrilled to once again work with Shaw on this campaign to raise money for local charities in our province,” said Chris Hebb, BCHL Commissioner. “Last year’s initiative was a major success, and we look forward to raising even more funds this year to help kids and families in our communities.”

Shaw will match every donation made dollar-for-dollar, up to $3,000 per charity – doubling the amount of money raised for each charitable organization.

“We started the Brighter Communities initiative with the BCHL last spring as a way to help keep the community connected, and to support the organizations that were facing immense fundraising challenges due to the pandemic,” said Chethan Lakshman, Vice President, External Affairs, Shaw Communications. “This year, we are excited to continue working with the league, the teams, and all of the fans to raise more money for these charities and celebrate the start of the Shaw BCHL Playoffs in just a few short weeks.”

Brighter Communities powered by Shaw is one of many initiatives where Shaw supports local communities to help build a healthier, resilient, and more inclusive Canada. To learn more about what Shaw is doing in the community, please visit shaw.ca/brighter-communities.