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Stars Launch the Lincoln Stars Foundation

February 12, 2018 - United States Hockey League (USHL) - Lincoln Stars News Release

LINCOLN, Neb. - The Lincoln Stars have launched the Lincoln Stars Foundation, a 501c3 with local and global initiatives to provide access to the sport of hockey and build sustainable clean water solutions.

"To say I am excited about this is an understatement," said Stars Owner Ryan Schiff. "Luke 12:48 says: 'To whom much is given, much is expected.' We have this verse on our locker room wall as a reminder to our players the opportunity they have been given and the effort that is required of them. As the owner, I believe the Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to own the Stars to show these boys how to be a humble servant and to do what I can to make a lasting impact in Lincoln and on the world."

The foundation will partner with Food for the Hungry (fh.org) for its international mission. This partnership began following last year's mission trip to Panali, Nicaragua where Schiff joined members of Food for the Hungry and The Lincoln Berean Church.

The Stars begin their global initiative with Faith & Family Day on Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Ice Box. The Stars will donate $5 of every ticket sold to Food for the Hungry, and in turn, through grant funding, FH will match every dollar 22 times, multiplying the impact of each dollar raised.

This season, the Stars and Food for the Hungry have chosen the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as the recipient of their donation. According to the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW), the DRC has an estimated 50 million people (75 % of the population) that do not have access to safe water, and between 80-90 percent of its population do not have access to improved sanitation. The Stars hope to raise over $300,000 for the DRC for sustainable water solutions.

Schiff shared a story about his conversations with FH director Randall Davey, "Randall challenged me to dream big about what this game could really become. I considered the small and big possibilities and started walking down the path with him: What if the Stars sell this game out, raise over $330,000, impact millions of people with sustainable sources of clean water and the results go viral? Maybe other teams in our league would jump on board then other minor leagues and who knows maybe someday all of professional sports could be following our lead even at the highest levels? Maybe this game would be known as the step forward in faith that solved the world's water crisis. As we finished this conversation, Randall reminded me of Mark 10:27 which profoundly states, 'With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.' Someday I look forward to bringing the team down to the DRC to witness the impact that our club has made on the lives of others. I encourage you to be a part of making an impact for the people of the DRC by helping us sell out our Faith & Family Day on February 18."

Regarding the local mission, Schiff commented: "The Stars have been heavily involved in the Lincoln community for years. Our players will continue to mentor, support and raise funds for young players to participate in hockey, get much needed equipment and attend our games. This part will be equally challenging and fun, continuing to grow the sport we love in Lincoln."

Lincoln Stars Foundation Mission Statement:

The Lincoln Stars Foundation aims to make sure everyone has access to clean water and everyone in Lincoln has access to the sport of hockey.

ABOUT US: Clean Water: it's what we are passionate about. Whether it's the frozen kind we play our games on or the kind that comes from building clean water solutions to make sure those in impoverished nations have access to it. The Lincoln Stars Foundation is geared up to make a difference.

THE DETAIL: Our foundation has two missions: a local and a global mission.

The local mission is simply to make our games and the ability to play ice hockey available to everyone in Lincoln and the surrounding area.

The global mission is to utilize our unique platform to end the world water crisis. We intend to raise funds in accelerated fashion by using our games and our partnership with Food for the Hungry to be the change we want to see in the world. We believe everyone should have access to clean water and we will continue to build wells and other clean water solutions until the problem is solved.

Tickets for Faith & Family Day are available by calling 402-474-7827, going to LincolnStars.com, or stopping by the box office, $5 of every ticket will go toward Food for the Hungry through the Lincoln Stars Foundation.

The Stars return to the Ice Box on Friday, Feb. 16 at 7:35 p.m. against the Omaha Lancers. Group and jump-in season tickets for the 2017-18 season are available by calling 402-474-7827. The Stars mobile app is also available in the iTunes and Google Play stores with "tap to buy" tickets, in-game push notifications and a rewards program that puts fans in the skates of a player.

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