Giving Back

Hayley’s passion for hockey is matched only by her drive to give back to her community, country, and sport. Hayley focuses her time and efforts on initiatives providing resources to young people and women in sport and the environment. Hayley uses her profile to advocate or fundraise for organizations making strong moves and statements that are in alignment with her beliefs.

KidSport lets kids do what they do best: play. This Canadian organization provides support for children to remove financial barriers preventing them from playing organized sport. By giving kids the opportunity to participate in anything from a hockey league to a swim meet, KidSport encourages an active lifestyle, facilitates healthy socializing, and helps boost self-esteem.

Hayley raises funds for KidSport through the Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival. In addition to financially supporting KidSport, Hayley spends some of her time inspiring young athletes at KidSport community events.

Right To Play LogoRight To Play
Every child, no matter where they are born, has the right to play. This athlete-driven humanitarian organization improves the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world using the power of sport and play for development, health, and peace. Using games and sports and by engaging key decision-makers, Right to Play helps create social change in communities affected by war, poverty, and disease.

Hayley travels as an ambassador to impoverished African countries where she visits schools and communities empowering young people to live an active lifestyle. On her last visit to Ghana in 2011, her son Noah travelled with her helping to spread the message that every child has the right to play.

Because I am a Girl
Plan International’s ‘Because I am a Girl’ campaign is a social movement empowering Canadian girls and women to claim a brighter and more safe future for girls in the developing world. Empower a girl and she will change the world.

Hayley's hockey career allows her to connect with girls and women across the country. She believes self-confidence and inner-strength find outer-expression when girls are empowered through sport. Naturally, ‘Because I am a Girl’ is a great fit and Hayley is a proud advocate of this grassroots-gone-global campaign.

Clean AIr ChampionsClean Air Champions
Clean Air Champions enlists Canada’s top athletes to educate and inspire Canadians to adopt more sustainable, healthier lifestyles in order to improve air quality and reduce climate change. High-performance athletes in all disciplines share their personal stories and spread the CAC message in schools and to communities challenging audiences to take action for the environment and our health.

Hayley’s proud to be Canadian and feels it’s her responsibility to help care for our two most precious resources: our children and the environment. She is sensitive to how fragile the earth is because her performance is directly related to a clean environment. Hayley is happy to help educate for an organization dedicated to protecting it.

Spread The Net
One net costs $10 and can protect one or more kids for up to 5 years. Spread the Net is a grassroots campaign designed to motivate, educate, and inspire Canadians to help end preventable malaria deaths by raising funds and awareness to support the purchase and distribution of bed nets to children and families in Africa. It’s a simple, effective and inexpensive way to make a big difference, 500,000 nets and counting.

After visiting Africa and seeing first-hand the consequences of malaria, Hayley felt obliged to become an ambassador for this worthy cause. Spearheaded by former MP Belinda Stronach and political satirist Rick Mercer, Hayley joins other notable Canadians to raise funds and awareness for Spread the Net.

The Tournament – Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival
Hayley’s passion for hockey is not contained to the ice. With an unfaltering devotion to promoting women’s hockey, Hayley hangs up her skates once a year to give female players across the country an opportunity to shine. In 2010, her dream of celebrating hockey and the young women who play the game, became a reality when the first Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival took place in Burnaby, B.C . Hayley is already working tirelessly on Wickfest 2013 and wishes for this legacy project to draw girls and women from coast to coast for years to come.

For more on Wickfest – visit The Wickenheiser International Women’s Hockey Festival

Classroom Champions helps kids recognize their potential, set goals and dream big. Targeting grades Kindergarten through 8, Classroom Champions brings Athlete Mentors who are Olympic and Paralympic athletes into the classroom using videos and live chats. These people are pursuing their goals and living their dreams. Every. Single. Day. Along their journey, they are donating their time to inspire students and serve as examples of hard work, perseverance and dreaming big.

Hayley is an Athlete Mentor for 2013! See her story on their website and watch the lessons for her classes:

Hayley greets her classrooms
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