Citi is offering a unique opportunity for Olympic and Paralympic athletes to give back to programs in need. They have already donated $500,000 to the U.S. Olympic Committee through their Every Step of the Way initiative, all that is left to be decided is how the money will be divided among the 9 athletes participating. They are each raising money and awareness for their respective programs, and all you have to do is click which one you want to receive a portion of the donation.

You can chose any athlete that has not yet reached their fundraising goal. Here at the Pink Puck, we’re a little biased toward U.S. Women’s National Team member Julie Chu, and Rico Roman, US Paralympic hopeful sled hockey player.

Roman has already reached his fundraising goal of $50,000. The money will go to Operation Comfort, which supports service members wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. The program helped Roman get into sled hockey after he was injured.


Chu is supporting USA Hockey’s “Try Hockey for Free Day” program, which provides kids all over the country with ice time and equipment so they can try hockey for a day. Hockey is an expensive sport to play, so for USA Hockey to be able to give children the opportunity to lace up and see what it’s like does wonders for growing the sport in the United States. Hockey teaches us to never quit, work hard, and get back up and play when you fall down. Chu also loves to see the smiles that hockey brings to so many children who get the chance to try it, just as the smile it brought to her when she started playing.

We actually got to interview Julie Chu, so stay tuned for that story next week.

If you want to learn more about Citi’s Every Step of the Way initiative, and pick an athlete whose program you would like to see funded, please click here.

Born in the “non-traditional” hockey market of South Florida, Elizabeth (Beth) quickly grew to love the sport at a very young age after her Buffalo-bred family introduced her to the Sabres. High school friends who didn’t care about hockey couldn't understand her withdrawals during the 2004-05 lockout, but college would bring a hockey loving boyfriend (and best friend) to whom she could finally relate. A South Florida native himself, and an avid Florida Panthers fan, he got her into the home team. Together they work for their college hockey club (the FAU Owls), broadcasting games. Beth is a huge USA Hockey fan and hopes to see them win Olympic gold in her lifetime. Between her 2 favorite NHL teams, her college squad, and USA Hockey, it's hard to tell which team she loves most, but she is passionate about them all.


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