How has hockey been a part of your life personally?
I am a classic Minnesotan that grew up playing hockey in a pond behind our barn with family and neighborhood kids. My childhood was filled with skating parties and great times spent with friends. Growing up, I have been considered a “rink rat”, but my childhood passions were also in football and baseball. Today, I enjoy the time spent with my seven year old son who is enjoying mite hockey.
How did you come to get involved with the Hendrickson Foundation?
I am very fortunate that my children attend the same school as Dan Hendrickson’s children and through that connecting met the Hendrickson family; I have been able to get to know Dan and participate in such a strong, important organization.
The Hendrickson Foundation’s tagline is “Hockey changes lives.” How have you experienced this truth?
It’s personal! My wife Frankie and I both grew up in special needs families. As a child, I would attend Special Olympics events with my older brother and witness firsthand the wonderful impact it had on individuals and families. Once I understood what the foundation was doing, I was all in. I have lived the impact Special Olympics has made on so many and I am excited to be part of Hendrickson Foundation to help Minnesota Warriors, Sled and Special Hockey.
In a world filled with many charities and causes, what do you find unique or special about the Hendrickson Foundation?
This is an impact organization that is made up of people who have lived hockey and are now making the game possible for so many who normally would not. This organization is made up of true hockey people that are passionate about expanding the game.