One of the greatest things about Chicago sports is that teams, coaches, players, and fans alike all bond together to support each other. This sense of community will be on full display when the Pro-Am for Luke Daniel Tam takes place at Fifth Third Arena, the practice home of the Chicago Blackhawks, on Friday, July 19th.
Here is some background information on the event:
Greg Tam is a beloved former Head Coach, for 10 years, of the Chicago Mission and current Assistant GM of Fifth Third Ice Arena. Greg embraces all that is important to youth hockey, family, player, and team. He achieved this by giving the guidance required to flourish in athletics, academics and life on and off the ice. As a community we now have the opportunity to give back to Greg, Kimmy and Luke Daniel Tam. The Pro Am for Luke Tam is put together as a way to celebrate Luke Daniel Tam and all that he gave to Greg and Kimmy in his short, but surely loved life.
On October 24, 2018, Luke was born 3 months early at a gestational age of 27 weeks. Luke won many battles giving everyone a glimpse of his strength and miraculous effects of love. The doctors and nurses were able to keep Luke’s heart beating long enough for Greg and Kimmy to get to the hospital. He passed away in their arms shortly after, on December 23, 2018. Although it was not the life that was envisioned for him, they are so incredibly grateful to have had the chance to meet and love him. The Jackson Chance Foundation granted the Tam family with a grant to pay for their parking while Luke was in the NICU. This grant ensured that Greg and Kimmy were able to be with Luke at all hours in the NICU.
The day’s events will raise money for The Tam family medical expenses and the Jackson Chance Foundation who so graciously helped the Tam Family in their hour of need.
The PRO-AM for Luke Tam was put together as a way to Celebrate Luke Daniel Tam’s short life. There will be a Pro-Am hockey game in Luke’s honor with professional and amateur hockey players. Some of the players expected to attend are Brandon Bollig (former Chicago Blackhawk), Vinnie Hinostroza (Arizona Coyotes), Nick Schmaltz (Arizona Coyotes), Ryan Hartman (Minnesota Wild), Brandon Pirri (Las Vegas Knights), Alex Vlasic (drafted by Chicago Blackhawks), Alex Turcotte (drafted by Los Angeles Kings), Cole Caufield (drafted by Montreal Canadiens), and more.
The event will take place on July 19th, 2019 from 5:30 PM-9:30 PM at Fifth Third Arena (1801 W Jackson Blvd). For a $5.00 suggested donation at the door, there will be a Pro-Am hockey game in Luke’s honor, open skating, and a Chicago Blackhawks locker room tour. There is also an ongoing online auction to help benefit the cause, which can be found right here. You can also make an online donation by clicking on this link. Come out to show your support, check out the Blackhawks practice facility, and watch some hockey!