GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — This week’s Connecting With Community Awards finalist is a man who turned his loss into a campaign to empower children.
Todd Pasick, aka “Hockey Todd,” lost his arm when he was 2 years old, but he didn’t let his dream of becoming a hockey player fade away.
His experience led him to found the nonprofit program, “Free Your Superhero.” Throughout the year, he travels to schools to deliver his empowering message to “dream big and to find your inner superhero.”
Pasick entertains students with his positive message by playing acoustic guitar and teaches them songs about facing and overcoming diversity. He encourages the community to get involved in inspiring students to rise above their adversities, build self-esteem and deter bullying.
There are eight Connecting with Community Awards finalists in the 11th year of the program. Todd Pasick is the third to be announced; the remaining finalists will be revealed in the coming weeks.