It’s well-known amongst the New Zealand ice hockey community that players, both in international and domestic competition, must pay to play. These costs are often offset by generous volunteers and businesses who are as equally passionate about the sport.
And while Puck Yeah has never asked for donations before, we feel that we must put ourselves in the same shoes as the athletes we cover.
We have been given the incredible opportunity to travel with the Ice Blacks to Colorado for their training camp before then heading to Mexico City for the 2019 IIHF Division II – Group B World Championship. With their sights firmly set on winning gold and gaining promotion to the next tier of international competition, both the journey and the result are well worth documenting.
As the team’s embedded video journalist, Puck Yeah’s Logan Swinkels will provide regular reports from the training camp, interviews with the players and coaching staff, the tournament itself, plus any team excursions as they explore Colorado and Mexico City during their down time.
We will also be sharing interviews/footage with other NZ news media outlets to help boost national interest in the team’s progress.
Our coverage during the 2018 Winter Games was only a glimpse of what we’re capable of – but we have always operated out of our own pockets, not wanting to burden players with any additional costs when they already sacrifice so much to represent New Zealand.
However, we must ask you to help us with our own fundraising efforts to make the above possible. So today we have launched a Givealittle campaign to offset the costs that will incur during our mission to provide such extensive coverage of the Ice Blacks’ international campaign.
These costs include flights and travel insurance for camera gear, plus cover for any potential lost income from taking 3 weeks off work as a freelance video journalist (there are still bills and rent to be paid).
Every little bit counts and we are forever grateful for any donations and support we receive – ultimately we are doing this because we believe in our boys.
Please share our Givealittle page on social media and help spread the word!
Sponsorship opportunities are also available for larger companies that are willing to invest in this cause, including having particular videos (ie. game recaps or daily reports) feature their logo/branding. For more information, please contact Logan Swinkels directly: firstname.lastname@example.org