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The Blood Cup: A Hockey Tournament That Saves Thousands of Lives

Give Blood Play Hockey is capitalizing on the sport's reputation for spilling blood to get people to donate instead.


I started the Give Blood Play Hockey Foundation with my family and friends as a high school project in 2007 as a senior in Southern California. Combining the sport I love with a cause that had deep personal meaning, it was our goal to have a world-class hockey tournament that raised money for Children’s Hospital of Orange County, and a blood drive that would help people battling cancer.

My grandfather, Peter Clauss, inspired the event. With the love of his life, he had ten children and 30 grand children. Pa, as we knew him in the family, battled Multiple Myeloma for several years. He embraced life and every day he had with his family. In the later stages of the disease he had to get blood transfusions several times a month. His final wish was that the blood he was given would be replaced, and he encouraged everyone in the family to give blood whenever they could. After his passing, we wanted to do more, and the Give Blood Play Hockey foundation was created in his memory. In our first year, we replaced every pint that Pa was given and more.

After six years, the Give Blood Play Hockey foundation has raised and donated over $225,000 dollars for Children’s Hospital. Give Blood Play Hockey has sponsored a Pediatric Cancer Patient Room and a Medication Station on the 5th floor Oncology Department of the new building at CHOC. Teams that play in the annual event pay a registration fee to participate, corporate and individual donors donate money, products, and silent auction items to support the cause. This event attracts teams and players from all over California and has started to grow into adjacent states. Give Blood Play Hockey now supports Research and Development at CHOC in hopes of finding new treatments and eventually a cure for pediatric cancer. It has become the center of charitable giving in the hockey community and has grown every year since our founding.

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