Wings West and The Show Tournament Series are slated to host a charity hockey tournament September 20th – 22nd, located at Wings West facility. Proceeds and donations from the tournament will be directed to the My Turn Project Fund through the Susan Mast ALS Foundation.
The USA sanctioned charity tournament kicking off Friday, September 20th at 5076 Sports Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49009 will showcase a variety of skill levels from beginner to advanced. Each team will play a minimum of three games, maximum of four. Registration is now open for interested participants. To register, visit https://eliteamsports.com/
The MyTurn Project Fund was created through the partnership of Scott Matzka, a NCAA national hockey champion and professional hockey player who settled in Kalamazoo following his hockey career, and the Susan Mast ALS Foundation. Scott was diagnosed with ALS in September of 2015 and passed away in December of 2018, never letting ALS dictate how he would skate his final shift. The goal of the MyTurn Project Fund is to help others within the community who live with ALS.
ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS usually strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and it is estimated there are at least 16,000 Americans who have the disease at any given time.
Interested participants are encouraged to register early in an effort to make this event as successful as possible. Everyone is invited to attend the charity tournament to help raise money for the My Turn Project Fund through the Susan Mast ALS Foundation.
Wings West features two NHL-sized ice surfaces (200′ x 85′), locker rooms, meeting spaces, a full-service restaurant overlooking the ice called Old Burdick’s Bar & Grill, and a Sports Pro Shop. Their goal is to provide a safe and fun environment to the Kalamazoo community and beyond, focused on ice sporting events and ice leisure events. Wings West is locally owned and operated by Greenleaf Hospitality Group.
Greenleaf Hospitality Group (GHG) consists of three properties and multiple outlets, including: Radisson Plaza Hotel, Wings Event Center, Wings West, Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill, Old Burdick’s Bar and Grill at Wings West, The Morning Dish, Zazios, Webster’s Prime, Blush Salon and Spa, Kalamazoo Athletic Club, Rio: Regionally Inspired Goods, and Starbucks. GHG aims to make a positive impact on the greater Kalamazoo community by providing premier establishments of dining, hospitality, and entertainment.
The Show Tournament Series has over 10 years’ experience running premier events, and offering quality sporting events, player training, development, exposure to Jr. and College programs and event services for your city or club.
My Turn Foundation Scott Matzka, a NCAA national hockey champion at the University of Michigan and professional hockey player in both North American and European leagues, was diagnosed with ALS in September of 2015. He partnered with the Susan Mast ALS Foundation to assist others living with ALS.
Susan Mast ALS Foundation The vision of the Susan Mast ALS Foundation is to build a strong foundation to ensure all ALS patients and families have the much needed support, guidance and resources available to them today and years to come. The mission of the Susan Mast ALS Foundation is to provide excellent support to ALS patients, families and caregivers living in West Michigan. Their services focus on all areas of need for the regional ALS community, with special emphasis on respite care.