‘These Girls Come From Different Backgrounds’: NHL Player to Hold $5,000 Scholarships for 17 Girls

Seventeen girls of different backgrounds and different ethnicities who have excelled in hockey will be honored this week at the Black Girls Hockey Club scholarship award ceremony in Glendale, Arizona. The girls, who will…

'These Girls Come From Different Backgrounds': NHL Player to Hold $5,000 Scholarships for 17 Girls

Seventeen girls of different backgrounds and different ethnicities who have excelled in hockey will be honored this week at the Black Girls Hockey Club scholarship award ceremony in Glendale, Arizona.

The girls, who will be receiving year-long grants, said they are hoping to inspire other girls to join the sport.

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“My goal is to inspire other girls to play the game I love,” said Aurora Giliotti, one of the recipients.

Andrew McKinney, an on-air reporter for Arizona Sports 98.7 AM and the primary sponsor of the event, spoke about having the experience of watching hockey from his early childhood and seeing his passion become a career.

“These girls come from different backgrounds,” McKinney said. “One has some medical issues, one has a disability. They all have overcome incredible adversity and difficult times to fulfill their dreams.”

“The idea is to see themselves see the world.”

Speaking of the impact they have made and how the Black Girls Hockey Club’s mission has impacted their lives, Chloe Ellington added, “For me this isn’t just about my hockey career. This is just about doing it with these people I’m playing with.”

McKinney said he was thinking about the beauty of females and not knowing if other people were accepting of them.

“And it’s changed my whole view,” he said.

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