the creation of 2s4k

Saves 4 Kids (#2s4k) is a program that was created in 2016 by former Selkirk Saints goaltender, James Prigione. In an effort to create a legacy for himself and other Saints goaltenders, James wanted to give back to the community that he felt so comfortable in and one that he calls his second home (Castlegar, British Columbia). 2s4k was established to assist sick kids with their medical treatments and the recovery process. The program supports individuals in a variety of different ways including but not limited to family travel expenses, medical equipment, and/or special events related to rehabilitation. During all home games played during the 2016-17 season, Saints goaltenders earned $2 per save which was donated to helping sick kids in the Kootenay Region. As the season progressed, each save made by Saints goaltenders reached $10.00! In addition to the $10 per save, businesses such as A.M Ford in Trail BC, and the Italian Canadian Club in Guelph, ON matched the yearly total raised by Saints goaltenders! 2s4k has supported and continues to support multiple children and families in the Kootenay Region.

I always dreamed that one day I would make a difference in the lives of others, I can now do that while still playing the game I love.”

- James Prigione(2016)

The story behind 2s4K

Rewind to one sunny summer afternoon in 2002 as my Minor Atom AAA hockey season concluded with “We are the Champions” playing over the loud speaker. Following a historical year of hockey as our team collected multiple tournament championships and an OMHA Gold medal came a life altering experience. A four month high drastically turned into a yearlong low. In May of 2002, I suffered a Tibia Plateau fracture in my left knee. Following 2 failed attempts on the operating table which included putting screws in my knee came a successful surgery at Hamilton’s Children hospital. Following my 3rd surgery in 3 months came a draining rehabilitation phase. After weeks of daily physio and sleep with a “range of motion machine” on, I went under the knife one more time for a scope. The buildup of scar tissue around my joints restricted my range of motion. Following the scope and 2 additional weeks spent in the hospital, I was sent home to continue the rehabilitation process in Guelph. Now that the backstory is out of the way, let’s focus on the life changing weeks I spent at the Hamilton Children’s Hospital and why 2S4K was created.

Following continuous weeks and months of bad news such as; “your knee is displaced again, the screws popped out, you’re going to need another surgery, you will not be able to play hockey again, your growth will be influenced”, etc, came a moment that changed my life forever. During a time of unpredictability, when I was mentally and physically drained, came an enlightening experience. As my final days at Hamilton children’s hospital approached…

2019/20 campaign


Now as a Goaltending Coach, my mission is to bring back the 2s4k foundation to the place I call home, Guelph, Ontario. The 2019/20 campaign is about connecting the youth with the community that surrounds them and working to end childhood sickness. Through community events and community services, JPGA “sponsored” goaltenders and myself will attend these charitable events to raise money for Sick Kids Hospital and McMaster Children’s Hospital. In addition to the donations received through active community involvement, JPGA “sponsored” goaltenders will also be raising money on the ice. A minimum donation of $2 for every save that a JPGA “sponsored” goaltender makes during all home games in the 2019/2020 season will be donated by local sponsors and non-profit organizations. In addition, JPGA will also donate $2 from every private, semi-private, and team practice that he attends throughout the 2019-2020 season to the 2S4K fund.

All money raised during the 2019/2020 campaign will be donated to Sick Kids Hospital as well as the McMaster Children’s Hospital.