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The National Hockey League has focused on combating cancer Hockey Fights Cancerand introducing the game of hockey to diverse ethnic groups. Hockey Fights Cancer, a joint initiative founded by the NHL and NHL Player's Association in December 1998. Though Hockey Fights Cancer, the NHL raises money and awareness. Hockey All Star Kids Foundation, a program funded by the NHL and NHL Player's Association, started in October 1999. This foundation links the NHL will young victims of cancer and other diseases.

NHL Diversity Task Force
With hockey, being predominately a North American sport, the NHL founded the NHL Diversity Task Force to introduce hockey to children with diverse ethnic backgrounds. This non-profit organization assists local youth programs in teaching hockey and life skills to disadvantaged girls and boys of all ages. NHL also provides grants to help youth hockey organizations throughout the world. The NHL A.S.S.I.S.T. grant program has been implemented to help defray the costs of equipment, ice time and travel expenses. Each year, up to a total of $100,000 USD is donated by the NHL for this grant.

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