This year’s recipient of the BNY Mellon Wealth Management Hockey Humanitarian Award is University of Wisconsin hockey player Brittany Ammerman, from River Vale, New Jersey.
BNY Mellon Wealth Management President of U.S. Markets-East, Timothy Tully, presented the award to her in a ceremony at Matthews Arena in Boston as part of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four on April 10.
BNY Mellon Wealth Management has been lead sponsor of this award since 2008. The award recognizes Division I or III male or female college hockey players who make significant, lasting humanitarian contributions to their communities.
On the ice, Ammerman has helped her team, the University of Wisconsin Badgers, win the 2011 NCAA Championship, two WCHA playoff titles and two regular-season crowns.
Ammerman is recognized for her biggest off-ice accomplishment: Half way across the globe in rural Kenya, she founded the Nikumbuke Women’s Soccer League, a round-robin soccer program. She formed the league in 2013 after she and 11 other Badgers visited the country as part of the “Health by Motorbike” program.
To fund the league, Ammerman undertook an aggressive fundraising campaign by tapping U.S. Olympian and world-renowned soccer player Julie Foudy for both advice and support. To date, Ammerman has collected more than $30,000 to pay for uniforms, shoes and other equipment for the growing league, which now boasts seven teams from different Massai villages.
Ammerman returned to Kenya last month to help deliver equipment and watch the first Nikumbuke World Cup.