Russian Ice Hockey Legends for the Children of Stary Oskol Charity Event

28 November 2014

On 21 and 22 November 2014, a charity event dedicated to World Children’s Day, called “Russian Ice Hockey Legends for the Children of Stary Oskol” was held in Stary Oskol, in the Belgorod region with the motto “Together to Golden Olympus”. It was made possible due to the the support of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, the Russian Union of Athletes and the “Heroes of the Fatherland” Veterans Committee.

The event was attended by two-time Olympic ice hockey champions Boris Mikhailov and Boris Mayorov, Olympic ice hockey champions Yuri Lyapkin, Viktor Shalimov, Vasily Pervukhin, Ilya Byakin and Olympic silver medalist, two-time world champion Alexander Golikov.

The olympic squad was led by Galina Gorokhova, the President of the Russian Union of Olympic Athletes, who is also three-time Olympic gold medalist fencer, thirteen-time world champion, twenty two-time USSR champion, honoured master of sport, honoured coach of the USSR and the Russian Federation.

The event aimed to bring about renewed interest in hockey in the city, to motivate the young inhabitants of Stary Oskol, entice them with the idea of an active lifestyle, and inspire them to sporting achievements.

As part of an extensive two-day programme the high profile athletes gave a series of master classes for the city’s young hockey players at the “Arcade” Sports Palace. They shared memories of their victories with students of secondary schools No. 24, 28, 40 and Stary Oskol Children’s Home, awarded sports veterans, coaches and their mentees as well as parents of young athletes with commemorative certificates and signed several thousand autographs.

The children of Stary Oskol had the unique opportunity to take part in the project “Speak to your favourite hockey players and hockey teams”, dedicated to the upcoming 80th World Hockey Championship-2016 to be held in Russia. Messages and greetings were passed on to the Russian Hockey Federation written by schoolchildren, themselves young athletes and hockey fans from Stary Oskol, to their adult idols Russian Ice Hockey Legends for the Children of Stary Oskol” is the second joint event of this kind. In January 2014, the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, the Russian Union of Athletes and “Heroes of the Fatherland” Veterans Committee brought the legendary players to the Kursk region. The City of Zheleznogorsk had visits from two-time Olympic ice hockey champions Boris Mikhailov and Vyacheslav Starshinov, Olympic ice hockey champions Alexander Pashkov, Stanislav Petukhov, Ilya Byakin, Yuri Blinov, World and European Champion, International Master of Sports Alexander Volchkov and two-time World and European champion Alexander Martyniuk.

The director of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation Maria Krasnikova said: “We are thankful to these great hockey players and partners for supporting the Foundation in one of the priority areas of our work — developing and promoting sport in the Russian Federation and promoting healthy lifestyles. The previous event, held in Zheleznogorsk, proved to be effective as young hockey players joined the ranks, the prestige of the sport remarkably improved as well as the quality of the game.”

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