The Cost of a Dream

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Raised by 37 people in 10 months
Created September 29, 2017
The Cost of a Dream

Sometimes dreams really do come true, but the reality is the effort and expense can also overshadow the dream. Amanda Pelkeys’ dream of becoming an Olympic athlete came true as the result of her commitment, hard work, and talent. These things you can’t put a price on. Amanda, or “Pelks” as her friends call her, will be playing with Team USA Women’s Hockey in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeong Chang South Korea. Her number one fans will be there, as they have been every step of the way.  From the moment she strapped on her brothers rollerblades in the kitchen and they built an outdoor rink in the backyard, her family’s support played a huge role in making this dream happen. The creators of this campaign realize the tremendous financial burden attending the Olympics can be and encourage you to DONATE NOW! Let’s send John and Ann to represent Vermont and share in the pride of having their daughter and our own Olympian be part of Team USA.

Here is a way for our community to give back to Ann and John who have been generous in helping others chasing their dreams. Whether it was assisting with BYSA hockey where Amanda played, actively participating in the Travis Roy foundation, supporting their daughter in the push for women’s equality in hockey, or traveling to see the Boston Pride and Amanda bring home the first Isobel Cup in the inaugural season of women’s pro hockey, there is no one more deserving of this dream come true.  As a member of the community who would give someone the shirt off his back (and probably has) John has donated hours into young athletes, The VSAHA, and civic programs to encourage youth sports.

Please DONATE NOW and remember to share and encourage others to help Ann and John see their daughter chase her dream of Olympic Gold. Follow Amanda’s outstanding hockey career on her webpage at www.amandapelkey.com.
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Just an update and some of the social media photos/videos submitted to girlshockey@vthockey.org so far. Ready for the celebration in Montpelier today at 3 at City Hall.
Shoot for the Gold Amanda and Team USA
4 VT high school teams joined together
Some Red, White, & Blue from U-32 & CVSA
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Let’s fill our rinks with posters, banners, and flags, our tiny state deserves to brag.

Amanda Pelkey who wore Catamount green, now wears #37 on the Olympic Women’s hockey team.

Amanda grew up in tiny Montpelier, in the hockey world her name is very familiar

In the spirit of the Olympics wouldn’t it be great, to join teams together across the State

Let’s send Amanda clips of teams waving Red, White, and Blue,

To send her off with wishes, Dreams of Olympic Gold come true.

Shout it from the Green Mountains, across the 802, Amanda Pelkey we are so proud to have you,

Represent Vermont on Team USA, it is so exciting to watch you play.

Beginning the weekend of February 3rd and 4th we are hoping to flood social media with video and photos of teams, fans, parents, coaches, and youth hockey players wishing Amanda and Team USA good luck from Vermont. It would be great if before or after any games this weekend both sides could join together for a picture or video with signs, banners, flags, and other ways of showing support for Team USA and Amanda. Of course screaming fans are always welcome encouragement! Please spread the word and if you are hosting games in your rink please take a moment to assist in recognizing this monumental achievement. Be sure to tag Amanda in your posts.

Thank You Amanda for being a role model for our athletes.

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A HUGE THANK YOU to all who contributed. It is almost time to watch TEAM USA Women's Hockey and Montpelier, Vermont native Amanda Pelkey continue on their journey for Olympic GOLD. Congratulations John and Ann. We are so happy for you and you should be so proud of Amanda and your family for supporting her dream. Please continue to share her story from PyeongChang in South Korea. From the Golden Dome to Olympic Gold our Flag will be flying for Team USA.
She is ready!
Montpelier, VT proudly waves our flag
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T’was the night before Thanksgiving, and every hockey mom around,
Was scrambling to get the SUV loaded for that tournament out of town.
The equipment spread out through the garage with care,
In hopes that that stench would soon clear the air.
The referees were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of 2 and 10’s danced in their heads.
Defensemen are thinking, “How hard can I check?”
And coaches were practicing their lines, “Hey Ref, what the heck?”
When soon on my phone there arose such a chatter,
I stepped away from my local attractions search to see what was the matter.
It was the in-laws all huffing and puffing with haste,
Asking me why we think family time is such a waste.
There’s some that don’t get it, the hockey mom life,
And others who fuss and condemn it with strife,
But Thanksgiving is hockey time tried and true,
Take it or leave it, but it is what we do.
“Time to go,” yells mom, “We’ve got to zoom.”
A quick stop at the hotel, then off for the locker room.
More rapid than eagles they stepped on the ice,
Coach was smiling and cheering, “A win sure’d be nice.”
To the top of the circle! To the point, off the wall!
Now crash the net! Crash the net? Crash the net all!
Pass Jonny! Skate, Suzy! Move the puck to the slot!
Find the open man, now do, now do it, one time that shot!
Their goalie did stop it; it bounced off his glove,
But our captain was there to give that puck a hard shove;
Into the net it went, without the slightest of doubt,
“Way to go!” “That’s my kid!” We heard a hockey mom shout.
The first game was over, and our team, it had won!
Now off to the hotel for some Thanksgiving fun!
Take-out, pizza, or maybe Chinese.
I know, let’s play hockey with tiny sticks on our knees.
The parents all gather around with their drinks,
Until the hotel manager comes, then it’s off for their winks.
We awake bright and early to watch hockey all day,
I can’t think of spending my Thanksgiving any other way.
The kids sprang to the ice; coach gave his team a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
But I heard them exclaim, as they skated out of sight,
More volunteer work at Mobile Sandblast
Pre Olympic travel for games near & far
Traveling for the holidays, nothing new.
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