BROOKLYN, NY – Thanks to the dedication and graciousness of NWHL fans everywhere, more than $2,000 was raised last week to benefit the efforts of the Black Girl Hockey Club (BGHC) to bring opportunities and access to hockey for the BIPOC community. The money was raised through the sale of a special “Equality vs Equity” line of shirts created by the NWHL’s Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, and Minnesota Whitecaps.
“Great job, NWHL fans!” said Riveters veteran defender Rebecca Morse. “From the bottom of my heart, all of the players thank you for showing up for this cause! It’s one that I’m personally very passionate about, so I’m thrilled to see so many others show their support.”
The Equality vs Equity Collection will remain in the team stores of the four clubs to continue to bring awareness to the issue. Hockey fans are encouraged to visit blackgirlhockeyclub.org to support and learn more about this essential group. W. Hockey Partners (WHP) – the organization that owns and operated the Beauts, Riveters, Whale, and Whitecaps – is planning additional collaborations with BGHC in 2021 and beyond. WHP and its teams are determined to be an active agent of positive change in support of diversity, access, and equality in women’s hockey.
“Black Girl Hockey Club is committed to creating a space in the hockey community that engages Black voices and encourages Black women to achieve their goals,” said BGHC Founder Renee Hess. “With our Scholarship Program, we hope to address some of the financial barriers Black women encounter in the sport of ice hockey. We are beyond excited to work with the incredible players and leadership of W. Hockey Partners to create opportunities for young women to pursue their love of hockey and let that love of the game take them as far as they wish to go.”
About Black Girl Hockey Club
Black Girl Hockey Club is a non-profit organization that focuses on making hockey more inclusive for Black women, our family, friends, and allies. To prevent exclusion in hockey based on race, gender, sexuality or ability in the face of institutional racism, financial gatekeeping, and program access, the Black Girl Hockey Club provides education, scholarship opportunities, and community spaces that will give Black women access to hockey.