Grade 11 student Mikael Kingo has been recognized as a Hockey Canada Champion for his efforts in giving back to the Canadian hockey community.
Hockey Canada and Scotiabank recognize Champions as individuals who make a significant impact on the game and demonstrate the values important to Canadian hockey.
Mikael is being recognized for providing equipment to young goalies through a ‘goalie giveaway’. Through this initiative, players submit an essay describing the challenges they have faced throughout their hockey journey. Once Mikael decides on the player who needs it most, he raises money through his clothing line, Sunny Isles, to purchase their new equipment.
Mikael’s motivation to give back began when his mom, Lisette, was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) – a connective tissue disorder without a cure. In 2008, Lisette founded The Angel Project, an organization that raises funds for complex care facilities. After realizing the impact his fundraising efforts had on others, Mikael launched the goalie giveaway to help other athletes.
Mikael has done two goalie giveaways so far and plans to continue making a difference in the hockey community.
He is currently the goaltender for the Vaughan Kings, and hopes to one day take his talents to the NCAA or overseas.
Congratulations, Mikael, on this outstanding achievement!