The Texas Stars, along with goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp, have established a charitable organization to benefit children with serious illness. Nilstorp approached the Stars about creating the group in which game tickets will be donated to children and their families.
It’s a reminder that sports are used to often escape the harsh realities that life presents. The events that occurred last night in Chicago should pose as a reminder that athletes are vulnerable even in their work environments and that it’s the acts of those like Nilstorp and even the reaction from former Dallas/Texas Star, Adam Pardy that serve as a remembrance as to why we love the sport of hockey as much as we do. We look at the skill and the passion that the players exhibit night in and night out, but it’s their actions off the ice, when the clock reads 0:00, that stands as a testimony to their characters.
Below is the press release regarding the creation of Torp’s Tots from the Texas Stars.
CEDAR PARK, Texas – The Texas Stars, proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Dallas Stars, announced today that goaltender Cristopher Nilstorp has created Torp’s Tots, a new charitable program to benefit children diagnosed with serious illnesses.
The Stars’ goaltender has personally purchased four 24-game partial season ticket plans and will donate four tickets to participating children and their families for 24 of the club’s 33 remaining regular season home games. The Malmö, Sweden native, who is currently in his second season with Texas, approached team officials just after the 2013-14 season began and proposed the formation of the program.
“First of all, it’s very painful for me to see any children dealing with a serious illness,” said Nilstorp. “I think if we can get some of these kids to our games and give them some good experiences, maybe put some smiles on their faces, it will mean a lot for me and my teammates. I had a friend whose little brother died at an early age. That has given me energy and I hope we can give these kids some energy to continue to fight for their health.”
The three main recipients will be children and their families who are associated with Muscular Dystrophy Association, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Austin & Central Texas and R.O.C.K., Ride On Center for Kids. Additional recipients may include children from other local hospitals and organizations that treat serious illnesses. The first Torp’s Tots game will be this Friday, November 8th as Texas hosts the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:30 p.m. at Cedar Park Center.