Details: In support of the Danny Did Foundation, 20 youth hockey teams will join at Lake Forest Academy to skate intervals of 5 miles each, totaling 100 miles, to raise awareness and funds for kids who face seizures. The "100 Miles for Danny" event was first conducted in 2012 by then 7-year-old Nick Curley.
In 2019, with Nick's leadership, the event will expand to include nearly 400 youth hockey players. This fun and festive coming together of the hockey community will feature on site activities provided by the Chicago Blackhawks.
Fundraising: Each participating team is asked to raise a minimum of $1,000 for the event. Teams that raise $2,500 or more will be eligible for prizes, and the team that raises the highest total will enjoy an exclusive Chicago Blackhawks private morning skate at the United Center during the 2019-2020 NHL season.
To Sign Up Your Team: If your team would like to take part, click here to sign up, or email Laura Curley at 100milesforDanny@gmail.com. The 20 slots for the 100-mile skate will go to the first 20 teams to sign up.
2012 Event Recap: In 2012, 7 year-old Mite Hockey player Nick Curley skated 100 miles to benefit the foundation created in Danny Stanton’s name: the Danny Did Foundation. Five miles at a time, Nick skated 100 miles in all. Nick was happy to have Kevin Delaney, the skating coach for the Chicago Blackhawks, and Rob Emme, his Glenview coach, to guide him through. To see Nick’s photos and updates on Facebook, click here.
This inspiring journey received national coverage in Yahoo! Sports, plus coverage from Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Blackhawks TV and NBC 5 Chicago. Nick’s supporters included Chicago Blackhawks star Duncan Keith, Stanley Cup winner Brett Lebda, Congressman Mike Quigley and Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Savard of the Chicago Blackhawks. Special thanks to Butcher Boy Cooking Oils, Congressman Mike Quigley and Marathon Sportswear for their support of this campaign.
After 20 ice rinks and 1,000 laps, the 100 mile goal has been achieved, raising awareness for epilepsy and SUDEP and captivating the entire hockey community along the way. Young Nick first gave his time, sweat, and heart to reach 100 miles, then he blasted past his $25,000 fundraising goal to raise nearly $40,000!