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HHDS co-founder, Darryl Sittler, ranks number 4 Maple Leafs player of all time

The Toronto Maple Leafs franchise names top players of all time in hundredth anniversary, ranking Darryl Sittler 4th in top 100 list. Click link below for full story!

Inaugural Sink One for Jake Golf Tournament is a “Hole-in-one”!

The first annual golf tournament hosted by “Have a Heart for Down Syndrome Foundation” concludes to a standing ovation! With over a 150 guests in attendance, the event was a tremendous success.

Stay posted for a full summary of the event highlights coming your way!

Below is a sneak peak of our happy guests 🙂

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 Left to right: Darryl Sittler; Hockey Hall of Famer, HHDS co-founder & co- chair, Jake Hardy; the event’s inspiration. Grant Furlane, the HHDS co-founder & Co-chair, Stephen Kennedy Smith Jr. & Tiger Williams, notable hockey champion

Hockey Legends Darryl Sittler and Tiger Williams Host Inaugural HHDS Golf Tournament – “Sink one for Jake”

Join us on the golf course for a great cause

Oakville, ON, July 20th – The Have a Heart for Down Syndrome Foundation marks its first year celebration with an inaugural charity golf tournament taking place at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Oakville!

Foundation Co-chair and Founder, Darryl Sittler, is actively involved in the day’s events, alongside long-time friend and former teammate Dave “Tiger” Williams. Both Sittler and Williams have a decorated past with the Toronto Maple Leafs with Darryl best known for his record-holding 10 point game and hockey hall-of-famer status (being one of the first three Leaf players to become a member of “Legends Row”). Beyond his skills on the ice, Darryl spends much of his time working and contributing to charitable organizations, including the Special Olympics, the HHDS and the Halton Down Syndrome Foundation in partnership with Co-founder and Foundation Founder, Grant Furlane – a local businessman and previous Chairman of the BC Neurological Centre/Children’s Centre for Ability.

The event’s inspiration comes from Jake Hardy, a charismatic young man fresh out of high-school about to take on the world. Jake’s persistent optimism, positivity and zest for life, coupled with his sensitive and empathetic nature motivates the HHDS and the HDSA to focus on the abilities of those affected by Down Syndrome and create opportunities in employment, education, training and housing that enable Jake and his peers to lead a full and fulfilling life.                      

Some notable supporters and event sponsors include the Toronto Maples Leafs and the Marlies, namely Connor Brown and other ice champions, as they abandon the ice for more grassy terrain in support of this noble initiative. They are joined by Peter Flagler, an impressive young man with Down syndrome, who works as the Marlies’ locker-room attendant and pre-game pep talker. He will be presented with an award for acting as a model of ability for his community members, proving that it all starts with faith and opportunity. Other sponsors include ANAi Global, Re/Max About Towne, Sodexo, Nelson Aggregate, Alta-Nissan RH, ParkN’Fly, Mammoet, Moen, LocoMobi and GoodLife Fitness . Molson Coors is generously providing the cool beverages throughout the day to thirsty players.

HHDS is also very pleased to have Stephen Kennedy as the keynote speaker at the event dinner. The Kennedy Family has played a significant role in contributing to the special needs community, notably being the founders of the Special Olympics.

HHDS will be continuously active in running events to fund education, training and other initiatives to support people with Down syndrome. The next planned events include a Monte Carlo Night (Friday, November 4th) and a Gala Dinner.

About Have a Heart for Down Syndrome foundation (HHDS)

Have a Heart for Down Syndrome (HHDS) is a charitable, non-profit foundation. HHDS stands for equal opportunity employment and works with local Down syndrome associations throughout the province of Ontario, partnering with groups supporting individuals with Down syndrome and their families. HHDS was founded by Darryl Sittler, a notable Hall of Fame hockey player, businessman and charity activist – including Special Olympics, and Grant Furlane, a local businessman and past Chairman of the BC Neurological Centre/Children’s Centre for Ability.


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