The Courage Carolina Project was an initiative leading into the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina which seeked to raise awareness about the growth and development of Blind Hockey in Canada and the United States. Courage Canada partnered with NC State University’s Faculty of Textile Engineering as eight senior design students under the leadership of their professor, Dr. Russell Georgia, worked collaboratively with Courage Canada and Canadian Blind Hockey teams to create a new, improved, and universal hockey puck for the sport of Blind Hockey.
Courage Canada founder Mark DeMontis was in Raleigh, NC, during All-Star Week raising funds and awareness for the NC State Blind Hockey puck project in support of the creation of advanced prototypes in preparation for the Canadian Blind Hockey Showcase Tournament, a part of the events of Defi Sportif – an international disabled sports tournament which took placeApril 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
The Quest To The West (2009)
Mark ambitiously launched The Courage Canada organization by inline skating from his hometown, Toronto, across five provinces and 5,000 kilometres to Vancouver to raise funds and awareness for his cause. Mark’s “Quest to the West” gained local and national media attention along the way, appearing on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada and Global National with Kevin Newman. The campaign raised over $60,000 and was sponsored by Ottawa Senators’ owner Eugene Melnyk and organizations such as the NHL, Reebok, Tim Horton’s, Active Green & Ross, and more.