PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- The New Heights teen program at the Community Campus in Portsmouth will host hockey legend Bobby Orr (plus other stars) in one of the most valuable auctions of sports memorabilia ever held in the Seacoast on Saturday, August 7 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.
The event is made possible by the work and generosity of former UNH hockey team captain Patrick Foley. Hockey greats attending will include Brendan Shanahan of the Detroit Red Wings and former UNH players such as Darren Haydar of the Calder Cup champion Milwaukee Admirals, Mark Mowers of the Detroit Red Wings, former UNH All-American goalie Mike Ayers and former UNH Hobey Baker finalist Steve Saviano.
Wearing #25 as captain of the UNH hockey team, Foley's efforts to help people off the ice inspired what's come to be known as "Team 25" - groups Foley organizes and leads to help others. Graduating this year and heading to the pros, Foley was named team captain three times (only two others achieved that honor in the history of UNH hockey). His dedication to the community earned him additional honor as a Humanitarian Award finalist. Previous Team 25 efforts include obtaining and delivering 400 teddy bears to Boston Children's Hospital.
New Heights is the Seacoast's largest, most comprehensive out-of-school program for young people between the ages of 12 and 18. Each year, New Heights provides fun, healthy activities and adventures for more than 1,000 adolescents. Started in 1987, it is a program of the Seacoast Mental Health Center, guided by a volunteer community advisory board.
Foley collected more than goals and assists during his last season. Through his elite athlete network he's amassed an impressive array of donated, high value sports memorabilia. Joining the Team 25 to help put together the August 7 auction is UNH Hockey Coach Dick Umile. With 13 Hockey East championship tournament showings in his UNH career, Umile is also admired for his work in the community. Combining efforts with Hall of Famer Bobby Orr, Foley's Team 25 will present an awesome array of high value sports treasure.
The auction items include autographed jerseys, sticks and photos from some of the greatest names in sport: hockey legends Bobby Orr, Mark Messier and Brian Leetch, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and golf great Tiger Woods. Special auction items include an "Evening with Bobby Orr" - 12 seats in Orr's private Fleet Center sky box for a Boston Bruins home game - and a "Youth Clinic" taught by Patrick Foley for 10 lucky kids. All proceeds from the auction will go to benefit New Heights.
Pictures and descriptions of the donated items can be seen on the New Heights website www.newheightsonline.org. The items will be auctioned off after a barbecue luncheon at the Community Campus on Saturday, August 7 starting at 12:30 p.m.
Foley chose New Heights as the recipient of the auction proceeds because he and fellow hockey alumni want to give back to the community that so generously supports the UNH hockey program.
"Teens are changing all the time," said Foley, "I understand the challenges they face. I know as athletes they look up to us, and we are in a unique position to help them understand the importance of healthy choices. We can help them make these choices; show them examples they can follow.
"It's a domino effect," he added, "if a young person gets a boost, then it helps the family and in turn, the whole community."
Hall of Famer Bobby Orr
UNH Hockey Coach Dick Umile
Former UNH hockey captain Patrick Foley
Brendan Shanahan of the Detroit Red Wings
Plus former UNH players:
Darren Haydar of the Calder Cup champion Milwaukee Admirals
Mark Mowers of the Detroit Red Wings
Former UNH All-American Mike Ayers
Former UNH Hobey Baker finalist Steve Saviano