BATTLE CREEK, Mich., — David Wallace, 8, was a budding young hockey player when he was suddenly killed in a car crash on May 25, 1989.
His mother and the Battle Creek community are working to keep his memory alive by helping other kids enjoy hockey that can’t pay to play.
“We decided that this was the best way, to take the money the community donated and use it to give back to the community,” explained Penny Wallace, David’s mom. “When I watch these kids skate, I see David out there.”
Since losing her little star, Wallace has established a scholarship fund in David’s name. The money helps low-income kids play hockey. This Saturday (March 23, 2013), Wallace and fellow hockey mom Stormie Munoz have organized a hockey tournament fundraiser in David’s honor.
It’s happening at “The Rink” hockey facility at 75 Houston Street in Battle Creek. Doors open to the public at 4:30 PM. It’s free to get in, but donations will be accepted at the door.
“It’s very touching to me that the community is still remembering my son and coming together to do a tournament in his honor,” said Wallace. “It’s a very expensive sport, and David loved to play hockey. I just want to see other kids have the opportunity to enjoy it.”