On Saturday August 1st, the Leap Towards a Cure Hockey Tournament and Community Festival returns to the Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. Games will be starting around 9 AM, with the Festival running from noon – 5 PM. 2015 marks the sixth annual year for Leap Towards A Cure, which raises money for cancer research, treatment, and education at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD.

The tournament is operated by the Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund, a volunteer-only 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit organization. Every cent of proceeds from the tournament will support cancer research at the Kimmel Center. Between 2010 and 2014 Leap Towards A Cure has raised almost $94,000 in donations for the Kimmel Center. 2015 will be the year we break the $100,000 mark for cumulative donations.

The fund and tournament is named in memory of Andrea “Froggy” Henderson, a former high school art teacher and varsity hockey team sponsor who lost her battle with breast cancer in April 2010, and whose death inspired the first Leap Towards A Cure tournament a few months later.

This year’s Leap Towards a Cure Tournament will consist of 43 games played over the 4-day tournament weekend, with over 30 volunteer referees and over two dozen volunteer scorekeepers and operations staff, and will feature 24 teams and upwards of 380 players competing in five divisions. The tournament includes two women’s divisions, the most they have had to date. Amazingly, 23 of our 24 teams this year are returning teams.

Because Froggy was an art teacher, LTAC always incorporates an arts-focused community festival on the Saturday of the tournament. This year, LTAC is proud to feature two hockey-based artists:

Rob Ullman, a freelance illustrator from Richmond, VA and the author of Old-Timey Hockey Tales  and yours truly, RMNB’s own Rachel L. Cohen!

I’ll be debuting some new merchandise at the event, including two new giclée prints: Holtbeast, and Cute Hockey, a couple of stickers, and a limited edition of the Capitals Sigil banner (it has a clear overprint star pattern… so sick!!!)))))) )

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Leap Towards a Cure Charity Hockey Tournament


Andrea 'Froggy' Henderson poses for a photo with one of her students.

The late Andrea 'Froggy' Henderson poses for a photo with one of her students.

Abram Fox, friend of the blog and contributor to the DC Sports Box, recently wrote to us asking if we could promote the Leap Towards a Cure Charity Hockey Tournament happening this Friday and Saturday at The Gardens Ice House in Laurel, MD. As a former art student myself, Abram’s story below particularly affected me. If any of you are free this weekend, I highly encourage you to attend the event and give to a great cause.

Earlier this year the local youth hockey community lost an unsung hero when Andrea “Froggy” Henderson, long-time art teacher at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD, passed away from complications from breast cancer. For three decades Froggy inspired students with her open heart and open mind, encouraging them to reach their fullest potential and opening her classroom to anyone who needed a safe haven or shoulder to lean on.

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