THANK YOU JAROME!
On behalf of the thousands of KidSport families and kids lives you impacted as a donor, ambassador and role model the KidSport family would like to say thank you!
Your leadership, investment, care and passion for KidSport and our goal of getting more kids the opportunity to play has and will always be truly monumental.
Not only did you personally contribute over $700,000 to make sure kids in need had the opportunities they deserved so they can pursue their sporting passion, you also stood by KidSport as you raised awareness for our program and gave all Canadian kids the chance to not only dream, but to have the ability to chase those dreams.
Your community work in and around Calgary is world class. Through your smile, authenticity and your time you have made our city, our province and our country stronger and for that we will always be grateful.
Thank you for believing in KidSport, we are honoured to be a small part of your hall of fame career both on and off the ice!
Enjoy your retirement
Your KidSport Family
To learn more about Jarome's impact on the community, please read on as he was without a doubt a trailblazer and inspiration to many with the work he did with the Flames and Flames Foundation to make our community better.
Jarome's Charitable and Community Impact
He not only leads on the ice but off the ice in many community initiatives. Iginla is an Ambassador for KidSport Calgary, a non-profit organization which raises funds for sporting equipment and registration fees for underprivileged youth and families. He has been donating money with every goal that he scored since 2000.
Iginla began assisting KidSport Calgary in 2000 with a donation of $31,000. His decision to provide the organization with $1,000 per goal over the course of a full hockey season has benefited thousands of local kids. After the NHL lockout in 2004-05, Iginla decided to spread his generosity even further by taking his initiative nationally and increasing his per goal contribution to $2,000. The additional $1,000 contribution is directed to KidSport Canada – which has benefited children from coast to coast. To date, Jarome has donated $709,000 to KidSport Calgary/Canada.
Jarome also created a summer hockey camp that took place in Calgary for eight years with all registration fees directed to charity. He was on site during the camps to meet and answer questions for the participants. The Jarome Iginla Hockey School, a non-profit school raises funds for various international and local organizations. Each year a different charity was chosen as the recipient of the funds raised. The hockey school, initiated by Iginla, has raised over $100,000 since 2002 for a variety of organizations including; Diabetes Association (Foothills Calgary), Stars Air Ambulance, Easter Seal’s Camp Horizon (Bragg Creek), For the Love of Reading Fun, Doctors Without Borders, and OXFAM Canada, Ronald McDonald House of Southern Alberta and Brown Baggin for Calgary Kids.
Jarome has also been a major supporter of the Juvenile Diabetes and Doctors without Borders as well as the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation.
He has also been very active in all of the Calgary Flames community relations efforts – making countless visits to the Children’s Hospital and completing Make-A-Wish dreams for sick youth. An annual leader and participant in the Flames wheelchair hockey game at the Alberta Children’s Hospital he has also been a leader in the success of the Flames Foundation ongoing signature events. Jarome participated in all of the Flames Foundation community events including; their Christmas hospital visit, golf tournament, poker tournament and school visits for their literacy program;
In 2004, he was awarded the NHL Foundation Award for Community Service as well as the King Clancy Memorial Trophy in recognition of his humanitarian contributions.
In 2004 Iginla was also named recipient of the 2004 Most Assists for Children (MAC) Award. He was awarded based on his work in establishing his own charitable hockey school, donating $1,000 per goal to KidSport and promoting reading through school visits and a citywide campaign. The $25,000 Iginla received from Ronald McDonald House Charities was divided among the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, KidSport, the Minor Hockey Association of Calgary and the St. Albert Minor Hockey Association. He was also recognized with the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award in 2008-09. Mark Messier selects the recipient which is awarded to one player for their on-ice and off-ice leadership.
Iginla has also been recognized through the Calgary Flames Ralph T. Scurfield Award. The Ralph T. Scurfield Humanitarian Award is presented annually to the Calgary Flames player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, determination and leadership on the ice combined with dedication to community service. Iginla was awarded this two consecutive seasons; 2000-01 and 2001-02.
Iginla was also awarded the Flames; J.R. McCaig Memorial Award in 2007-08 which honours two Calgary Flames personnel, a player and staff member, who best exemplify Flames owner; J.R. McCaig’s enduring virtues of respect, courtesy and compassion for all individuals he encountered both in his professional and everyday life.