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Springfield Donates $556 to ATI Klimb4Kids

Springfield Jr. Blues athletic trainer Devin Spears of ATI Physical Therapy teamed up with Springfield to raise $556 for the ATI Foundation. The ATI Foundation supports children with physical disabilities. In 2017 the Foundation raised more than 1 million dollars, reaching more than 700 beneficiaries. Children received equipment not covered by insurance and financial assistance for medical services. Other expenses covered by the ATI Foundation include funding therapeutic horseback riding, and funding for travel and lodging for families traveling from out-of-state for care.

So why is the Foundation calling their quest the “Klimb4Kids”? From the ATI Foundation website “On March 18, ATI CEO Dylan Bates and longtime friend Matt Smith, will embark on a 6-day, 40-mile mountaineer’s journey to the 19,341 ft. summit of Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro. Adding to the stakes, Dylan and Matt are pledging to raise $1 million for children with physical impairments through the ATI Foundation. The journey will not be without its challenges, but with your support, hundreds of children across the nation will be given the building blocks to offer a better quality of life.”

In 2018, ATI Foundation set a goal to raise 2 million dollars to erase their waiting list of 100 children in need, while also allowing them to build a foundation for future children in need with their organization. Each employee was tasked with raising $100 or more toward the foundation.

When athletic trainer Devin Spears, who works for ATI Physical Therapy in Springfield, asked the Springfield Jr. Blues for help in raising money for the cause, team owner Dan Ferguson stepped up to the plate and offered to give 100% of the profit from the sale of the team throwback vintage logo t-shirts to the ATI Foundation on behalf of Spears for any shirt sold in March. In the end, Ferguson wrote a check to ATI Foundation for $556 dollars, surpassing the $100 goal set by ATI for their employees.

To make a donation or nominate a beneficiary, visit the ATI Foundation website.

Weekend Recap

Your Springfield Jr. Blues came away with an overtime loss tonight against the Minnesota Magicians, making the final series 2-1 in favor of Minnesota. The Springfield Jr. Blues are home again next weekend on Friday and Saturday nights vs. the Janesville Jets.


The first period started off with the Magicians finding the back of the net at 16:07. We ended the period with a score of 1-0.


Springfield started off by tying up the second period with a Power Play goal from Brandon Puricelli, with an assist from Stewart, at 7:13. We ended the period with a score of 1-1.


The third period was uneventful, sending the game into yet another overtime. Minnesota found the net first, ending the game with a score of 2-1. Goaltender Evan Fear stopped 25 of the 27 pucks he saw tonight, earning him at SVV of 0.926% despite a tough loss.


Be sure to get your tickets early for next weekend. Friday night will be packed for our Hockey Across America celebration, and we will have an even bigger crowd for our 25th Anniversary Alumni event on Saturday, March 3rd.