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2019-20 Mike Kelly Humanitarian Award

Presented annually to the Storm player that demonstrates exceptional involvement in the community, the Mike Kelly Humanitarian Award was first presented following the 1996-97 season to recognize the outstanding community involvement of the Storm’s first General Manager, Mike Kelly. Past winners of this award include several players that made their mark in Guelph, not only on the ice but more importantly in the community as well, from Manny Malhotra, Chris Madden, Michael Caruso, Zac Leslie, Garrett McFadden to last year’s winner, Isaac Ratcliffe.

This 3rd year player was singled out as a player that went above and beyond in the community.  He always made himself available for appearances, most noticeably with the team’s STEM program where he engaged each child that he talked with and made them feel special. He was a role model to fans and genuinely enjoyed the responsibility that goes along with it.

Alongside other Storm players, he was part of the annual Mental Health Talk with TalkToday back in February 2020. Giving examples and sharing personal stories relating to mental health, this player explained to students healthy ways to deal with any stresses in daily life.

His experience with mental health runs deep. Although officially announced as a MM27 Ambassador in September, he has been a leading advocate for mental health and McFadden’s Movement from the very start. This season in particular, he shouldered a lot of the work locally, promoting fundraising events on his social media channels (i.e.: Winmar Warms-Up for #BellLetsTalk), getting all of his teammates on board wearing wristbands and speaking on behalf of the cause. He always stepped up for other commitments including cheque presentations and more.

This 3rd year player was singled out as a player that went above and beyond in the community.  He always made himself available for appearances, most noticeably with the team’s STEM program where he engaged each child that he talked with and made them feel special. He was a role model to fans and genuinely enjoyed the responsibility that goes along with it.

In February, clearly affected by the unfortunate events in Australia, this year’s recipient spearheaded a campaign to raise money for the Australian Red Cross in support of the wildfires. He autographed and donated one of his own game worn jerseys, while also creating and leading the charge on an organization-wide initiative as the Storm bought Australia Love hoodies for the team. Raising over $1,000 for the cause.

Most recently, this player displayed his heart of service starting up his own foundation. Partnering with Jumpstart, he hopes to give as many possible kids the chance to try sports, fall in love with any game, make long-lasting friendships, and learn everything sport has to offer. Launching less than a month ago, he has already raised $2,037 toward his goal of $8,000.

This year’s 2019-20 Mike Kelly Humanitarian Award winner is captain Cam Hillis.

Congratulations Cam!

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