Thursday, July 10, 2008

2008 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic To Be Held August 2, 3, and 4th in Oswego.

OSWEGO, New York (July 10, 2008) – Organizing committee members are busy finalizing plans for this year’s 2008 Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic to be held August 2, 3 and 4th in Oswego.

           A new 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic is slated for Saturday, August 2nd and Sunday, August 3rd at the Campus Center Ice Arena at SUNY Oswego, and the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf Classic will tee off on Monday, August 4th at the Oswego Country Club.

            The Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation was established in 2007 by Oswego-native, NHL hockey player, Stanley Cup Champion, and U.S. Olympian Erik Cole. The non-profit organization was created to support youth hockey programs, as well as children who are suffering from cancer and other diseases.
            “We’re very excited about bringing golf and hockey together as part of our inaugural Dream Big Foundation event,” said Cole. “We’ve had tremendous response over the past two years with our golf benefits for the Oswego Public Library and Oswego Minor Hockey Association, and we hope to receive the same level of participation and enthusiasm for this year’s golf and hockey events.”

            “We’re truly grateful to the Greater Oswego-community for their continued support, and our event sponsors Pathfinder Bank, Nike/Bauer, and AT&T for their support and assistance in expanding the program to include the hockey tournament,” he added.


The 3-on-3 Youth Hockey Classic, presented by Nike/Bauer, and supported in part by the Oswego Blue Line Club and Oswego Minor Hockey Association, is a USA Hockey sanctioned event, and will be limited to 4 teams in each of the Squirt, Pee Wee, and Bantam divisions.

Each team will play 2 games on Saturday and 2 games on Sunday. A detailed game schedule will be distributed as the teams are finalized.

Each game will consist of two 16-minute running-time periods, and teams shall be composed of six (6) skaters, one (1) goalie, and up to two (2) coaches.

Complete tournament rules can be provided upon request by contacting (315) 447-COLE (2653) or emailing
            The cost for the event is $40/per player. All participants will receive team jerseys provided by Nike/Bauer. The games are free for all spectators to enjoy.

Corporate team sponsorships are available for $500/per team and includes player entries, advertising of sponsor name on jersey, a tee/green sign at the golf event, 2 tickets to the dinner after golf, plus mention in all hockey-related press releases.

“The Campus Center Ice Arena on the SUNY Oswego Campus will provide a great setting for our area hockey players to enjoy the foundation’s newest event,” Cole said. “I still remember playing in tournaments like this when I was younger, and am very excited that we could do this for our area’s next generation of players.”

            According to Event Organizer Kevin Caraccioli, this year’s golf tournament, sponsored by Pathfinder Bank, will showcase Cole, as well as other NHL players, national and regional media, and local celebrities. Celebrities committed thus far include: Kevyn Adams, center for Chicago Blackhawks, and former Hurricane Teammate/Stanley Cup Champion; and John Forslund, Carolina Hurricanes Play-by-Play Television Announcer who also works regularly for the NHL on Versus during the playoffs.

            The event will be a four-person captain-n-crew format. The cost is $1,000 per team, and individuals can participate for $150. Tee & Green sponsorship signs are available for $300. 

             Team fees include 18 holes of golf at the Oswego Country Club, golf cart, lunch, cocktail party, dinner, tee and green signage and a gift bag. Individual fees include everything but the tee and green signage. Tickets for the cocktail party and dinner can be purchased separately for $45 per person.           

Breakfast, registration and goodie bag pickup, as well as use of the Oswego Country Club Driving Range and Putting Green will be available from 9-11 a.m. Team photos and celebrity introductions will be held at 10:00 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m. shotgun start. Cocktails and a silent auction begin at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner, an awards presentation, and live auction starting at 6 p.m.

AT&T has agreed to sponsor this year’s dinner for the event, and the Oswego Sub Shop has agreed to provide lunch at the turn for the 3rd straight year.

            According to Caraccioli, as in year’s past there will also be a variety of on course activities, including a hole-in-one contest, sponsored once again by Burritt Motors, as well as silent auction items and raffle prizes. Erik’s former team, the Carolina Hurricanes, and new team, Edmonton Oilers have figured heavily in this event, as well as the NHL, Nike/Bauer, AT&T, XM Radio and local supporters including Pathfinder Bank, the golf event sponsor.

            “We’re really looking forward to a wonderful day of golf with Erik,” said Caraccioli, “and we very much appreciate the local sponsorship support and volunteers who have stepped up to help with the tournament and its success.”

            For more information or to request a registration form for the Erik Cole Dream Big Foundation Golf & Hockey Classic, please call (315) 447-COLE (2653), or email

            The field is limited to 36 teams so it is recommended to get registration forms in immediately.

Photo - Step One Creative President Shane Stepien (right) and Creative Director Mark Proud are shown pictured at last year's event with Erik Cole (Center) and the new foundation logo that was developed by the agency.