Podcast: Hockey alumni donate and match donations to Save Seawolf Hockey
by Matt Jardin |
Responding to the University of Alaska’s drastic state-funded budget reductions for FY2019-20, the Board of Regents voted in September 2020 to discontinue UAA’s hockey, gymnastics and Alpine skiing programs unless the teams could successfully raise two years of funding to cover operating expenses. With gymnastics and Alpine skiing meeting their goals, eyes are now on Seawolf Hockey, which so far has raised $2.59 million of its $3 million goal ahead of the Aug. 30 deadline.
In addition to a recent upswell of support from the NHL’s Seattle Kraken team, two former Seawolf hockey teammates — Brian “Krafty” Kraft, marketing alumnus and the owner of two Alaska fishing lodges, as well as Steve “Bogie” Bogoyevac, who studied business management and real estate and is the senior managing director of a California real estate investment firm — have each donated $50,000 to Save Seawolf Hockey. They are encouraging other UAA alumni to contribute, offering to match donations up to another $50,000.
In this episode, Brian and Steve talk about how they arrived in Alaska from Chicago and California, respectively, how their time playing hockey at UAA has impacted their lives today, and why they think it’s important to continue paying it forward.