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Brett Beebe Named Hockey Humanitarian Award Nominee

Courtesy: WMU
Release: 01/21/2013
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KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan’s Brett Beebe has been named one of 11 BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award.

The Hockey Humanitarian Award was established in 1995 by John Greenhalg and Jeff Millman to honor those student-athletes who were worthy of kids’ attention and admiration after watching a hockey player who had recovered from a serious accident, helping out a squirt team’s practice.

Each season their Foundation board solicits nominations from college hockey programs, both made and female in Division I-III. Nominees are selected that “best exemplifies personal character, a commitment to studies, and whose contributions to his/her larger community is worthy of their attention.”

Since Beebe, a senior forward from Redondo Beach, Calif., set foot on WMU’s campus in 2009 he has been involved in the Kalamazoo community. Beebe also established the “Long Hair Don’t Care” foundation in honor of his mother. Through his foundation he has personally raised over $25,000 for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

He has also been involved in the Special Olympics, helped renovate a house for an underprivileged family in Kalamazoo’s Edison Neighborhood, created the Bronco Buddies Mentor program that matches student-athletes with children from local elementary schools.

Finalists for hockey’s top citizen will be announced in February. The winner will be announced on April 12 in Pittsburgh as a part of the Frozen Four weekend.