Hard-hitting Woolley making big impact with ‘Woolley’s Warriors’


For Mark Woolley, the opportunity to play in the OHL means an opportunity to give back.

“I love giving back to the community,” he said. “I think that’s a big part of the game, and one that could really be pushed more.”

In his third year in the league, the 18-year-old Owen Sound Attack defenceman is using his platform to raise awareness for something near and dear to his heart and health.

“People look up to people who play in the OHL.”

This past August, Woolley launched “Woolley’s Warriors,” a non-profit aimed at providing knowledge and support for young athletes living with Type 1 diabetes, like himself.

It’s a cause that hits close to home in more ways than one.

“My older brother has had diabetes since he was born, so I’ve always kind of had that in my life, whether I was helping my parents check his blood or give him his insulin,” said Woolley.

“Then, once I turned 12, I got diagnosed myself.”

Monitoring his diet and blood levels, making sure his blood sugar levels don’t get too high or too low, and ensuring he has insulin when needed are tasks that are always top of mind, but Woolley says his day-to-day routine isn’t much different from that of his teammates and friends.

Still, he believes more information about the disease should be readily available.

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Inaugural Woolley’s Warriors Night raises over $2500, collects 10 boxes of items for Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps

On Saturday, November 9th, Woolley’s Warriors, in partnership with the Owen Sound Attack, hosted the inaugural Woolley’s Warriors Night, raising a total of $2663.80 in addition to 10 full wardrobe boxes of clothing / material items in support of sending young athletes to Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps.

As the Attack hosted the London Knights on the ice, fans were encouraged to donate clothing and other small household items on their way in, while the night also featured a silent auction complete with generously donated items from the Attack organization, Woolley’s teammates Aidan Dudas and Barret Kirwin, and more.

The material donations by fans incredibly filled 10 wardrobe boxes, supplied in-kind by John Thompson Movers, with the silent auction a paralleled success as a signed Mark Woolley Attack jersey topped the items with a $500.00 winning bid.

Diabetes Canada has been collecting clothing and small household donations to fund important research in the fight to end diabetes and send kids to D-Camps, with 100 million pounds of donated items collected, diverted from landfill and used to help fund research each year.

Woolley’s Warriors also hosted a few young fans who share the diabetic experience with Woolley, as Easton and diabetic service dog Elmer, Will, and Charlotte all had the chance to meet with the Attack defenseman after the game to ask questions and share stories.

“I’m so thankful for all the support shown for Woolley’s Warriors,” Mark Woolley said. “The first ever Woolley’s Warriors Night was a success thanks to all the amazing fans in Owen Sound. Hopefully we can do the same thing again next year.”

A special thank-you goes out to the Owen Sound Attack organization and staff for their generous support and partnership, alongside the Owen Sound Attack Pak and John Thompson Movers for their donations.

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Bumstead Insurance & Financial generously donates $9000 to WW28

On Wednesday, October 30th, prior to the Owen Sound Attack taking on the Flint Firebirds, Bumstead Insurance & Financial presented Mark Woolley with an incredible $9000 donation in support of Woolley’s Warriors.

President of Bumstead Insurance & Financial, Justin Bumstead, connected with WW28 shortly after the launch of the organization in August eagerly wanting to support the cause with an offer to use the annual Client Appreciation event as a way to raise funds for both Woolley’s Warriors, and The Clare “Flea” and Marj Christie Fund.

Through this event, celebrating Bumstead’s 40th anniversary on October 11th, Bumstead Insurance & Financial raised $9,000 for Woolley’s Warriors.

Mark Woolley and WW28 could not be more grateful for the amazing support and generosity displayed by the whole team at Bumstead Insurance & Financial, helping us achieve our goal of sending young athletes to Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps this summer! This goal is now a huge reality and it is in large thanks to the Bumstead team!

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WW28 partners with Owen Sound Attack for inaugural Woolley’s Warriors Night on November 9th

Woolley’s Warriors and the OHL’s Owen Sound Attack have partnered for the inaugural Woolley’s Warriors Night to be held on Saturday, November 9th when the Attack play host to the London Knights.

The game will be in support of Woolley’s Warriors’ goal to send kids to Diabetes Canada D-Camps, encouraging fans to bring in small household (bakeware, cookware, decorative accents, cutlery, utensils, etc.) and electronic items (cameras, CDs, VHS tapes, toys, gaming consoles, etc.), gently used clothing (all types), footwear, and toys. Fans will be able to donate their items and learn more about Woolley’s Warriors on the concourse prior to, and during the game. For more information on what fans can donate, visit Diabetes Canada here.

In addition to donating items, fans are encouraged to take part in a silent auction that will take place throughout the game, giving fans the chance to take home some great items including an autographed Mark Woolley stick.

For tickets to the game, visit https://attackhockey.com/attack-tickets.

Follow along with Woolley’s Warriors for more information on WW28 Night with the Attack, coming up on November 9, 2019.

From Diabetes Canada:

For over 30 years, Diabetes Canada has been collecting clothing and small household donations to fund important research in the fight to end diabetes and send kids to D-Camp. $5,000,000 invested annually in diabetes research.

100 million pounds of donated items are collected, diverted from landfill and used to help fund research each year.

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National Bank Investments donates $750 to WW28

Woolley’s Warriors extends a gracious thank-you to National Bank Investments for a generous donation of $750.00 towards WW28.

National Bank Investments’ donation marks the first received by Woolley’s Warriors, making the goal of sending kids to Diabetes Canada’s D-Camps in the summer of 2020 a very real possibility.

About National Bank Investments

National Bank Investments Inc. (“NBI”), a wholly owned subsidiary of National Bank of Canada, is an investment fund management firm committed to manufacturing and offering mutual funds, investment solutions and services designed to help Canadian investors pursue their financial goals. NBI offers over 100 investments funds, representing almost $53 billion in assets under management (as at December 31, 2017). For more information, visit: nbc.ca.

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