Ducks’ Fowler, Find Your Grind announce new partnership
On the ice, Cam Fowler spent the 2017-18 season continuing his growth as a veteran leader on the Anaheim Ducks’ blue line.
Off the ice, though, he felt something was still missing.
“I felt maybe I wasn’t as involved in the community as I could have been, and the kids playing hockey means a lot to me,” he said.
Armed with a new long-term contract – and the security it brings a player – Fowler and his longtime girlfriend, Jasmine Maggard, honed in on how to give more to the community.
“We’ve always been very passionate about youth in this community, and it’s been fun for us to watch the development of hockey in Southern California,” Maggard said. “We said, ‘You know what? We really want to get involved in this.’ It felt right, and honestly, that’s how it was born.”
Just days before training camp began at The Rinks-Anaheim ICE, Fowler and Maggard unveiled their new charitable program, C4Kids, a program that will provide youth with opportunities to learn, play and love hockey. Fowler’s passion for hockey inspired him to create C4Kids as a platform to feature a variety of activities for children and their families to enjoy and grow their love for the sport.
The two joined with Nick Gross, founder of Find Your Grind, and his wife, Natasha, to announce the program. The Find Your Grind hockey scholarship program, announced recently in conjunction with C4Kids, is designed for children with the passion to play hockey who are in need of financial assistance.
“We’re trying to help youth figure out who they are, where they’re going and how to get there,” Gross said. “The how to get there part is the thing most organizations don’t talk about, don’t touch. We’re trying to create real, tangible moments and experiences that help kids get there. Whether that’s through curriculum we’ve created in high schools, live events or foundational things we’re doing today.”
Participants hit the ice for a morning of drills, unaware of the surprise waiting in the Ducks locker room. After the drills and celebrations ended, Fowler reflected on the opportunity to give back.
“Personally, we wanted to sink our teeth into something that was important to us, but we didn’t want to jump into it,” he said. “We wanted it to be thoughtful, something that meant a lot to us. The Ducks helped us with this and the C4Kids. They made it easy for us, and we’re looking forward to what the future holds.”
“Cam and I have been together since we were 17 years old, so I’ve watched him develop as a player,” Maggard said. “When we came to California, it was really interesting because there’s so much development as a child who plays hockey – or any sport – for that matter. I think children really learn through playing, and it’s something that clicked for Cam and I one day. This is going to be something great.”
The Ducks stress the need to give back, a directive beginning with owners Henry and Susan Samueli. Maggard noted how this impacted the decision to create C4Kids.
“We’ve only ever been in Anaheim, but I’m very certain in saying Anaheim, the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and the Anaheim Ducks as a team do so much for the community,” she said. “It’s been such a good support for us and such a good inspiration for us as well.”
The pair also surprised participants with a special announcement – a suite at several Ducks games this season, where they’ll watch Fowler and spend some time with him and Maggard following the game.
“I just saw the joy on a lot of the kids; I saw the smiles,” Fowler said. “They looked like they were having fun. It’s great, too, because it’s a different range of ages. There’s kids from 5-15, all different sorts of skill levels. Getting to fist bump with all the kids, celebrating their goals, that’s all stuff I loved to do as a kid, too.”
— Anaheim Ducks Staff
(March 4, 2019)