A recent Commvault Hockey Helping Kids event took place over a two-day period, in the Boston Bruins NHL venue. But instead of a Bruins game, attendees were treated to dinner and the NCAA Division I Hockey Semifinals on March 22. This was not a typical one-day HHK event that takes place on NHL ice in conjunction with a game, usually between rival teams. No, this was a different kind of night, but a special one.
The NCAA semifinal games between Providence College and University of Massachusetts at Lowell and Boston College and Boston University were certainly thrilling. And while UMASS and BU were certainly the victors in their respective games, the real hero of the evening was the charity that the Commvault/Microsoft partnership supported at the event - Courageous Sailing Center of Boston.
Courageous Sailing, a 501c3 non-profit, is dedicated to transforming the lives of Boston's at-risk youth through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth and leadership. Through a raffle and the auction of authenticated Bruins signed sports memorabilia (a jersey and hockey stick) and a couple of Microsoft-donated Xboxes, this HHK event raised about $4,000 for Courageous Sailing. The representatives of the charity were probably as grateful as they would have been had they been holding the $360 million Powerball ticket for Monday night's drawing. It made me extremely proud to be part of a company that combines the love of a sport with unbridled compassion and philanthropic support for children's causes.
On March 21, the Commvault Varsity Hockey team took to the Bruin's ice to skate against Team USA, a squad consisting of Microsoft employees and former USA Women's Olympic team gold medalists — Colleen Coyne, AJ Mleczko, and Tara Mounsey. After that game (the Microsoft team won handily, with a final score of 11-3), employees, customers, partners, and their kids were given the opportunity to play on NHL ice — a once-in-a-lifetime thrill for many of these players and local Bruins fans. The smiles on the faces of the kids and their proud parents were well worth the shellacking the Commvault team endured!