Canstar Community News - ONLINE EDITION

Jets chants are benefiting charities

  • Print

Kelly Nichols is out to prove a humble tweet can get big things done.

Serious Jets fan turned amateur charitable venture CEO is looking to send unprivileged kids to Jets games.

Meet the man behind the chants: Nichols is the owner of the @MTSCentreChants Twitter handle, and is now the founder of Chants for Charity, a charitable venture that sells T-shirts with famous pro-Jets chants and give the proceeds to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg.

A season ticket holder for the Winnipeg Jets, Nichols noticed when he first started attending the games that chants against the other team, or specific players, were hard to spread and hard to understand.  

To fix the problem he started @MTSCentreChants, tweeting suggestions for what should be chanted. Suddenly taunting chants like "Crosby’s better," towards Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin, "Silver medal," at Ryan Miller, goalie for the Buffalo Sabres, and "Let’s go Blue Jays," during games against the Toronto Maple Leafs, spread like wildfire.

"So I sent this tweet out July 26 saying ‘What do you think about getting chants shirts made and donating all the proceeds to charity?’" said Nichols. "For me it was just a wild whim suggestion. You know — thought, tweet, done."

But the response was so overwhelming that Nichols knew he had to do something.

With a day job as an advisor in information management, Nichols had no idea where to start, so naturally he turned to the Jets. After sorting what the shirts could or could not say due to trademarking, he turned to Google.

"From there it was, OK, what does a T-shirt cost?" said Nichols.

After learning how to create the shirts, Nichols had to find the charity.

"I didn’t know what charity, but I did say to send underprivileged kids to Jets games," said Nichols. "Ultimately, the money is going to go to the Sport Connection program at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Winnipeg."

The Sports Connection program provides opportunities for children and youth to play organized sports.

Shirts can be purchased in cash for $20 at Joe Daley’s Sports & Framing (513 St. Mary’s Rd.), Luxalune Gastropub (734 Osborne St.) and Above All Screening & Embroidery (110 King Edward St. E). They can also be found online at the chantsforcharity.com

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

This Just In Twitter bird

Readers‘ Choice Awards

Best Of Winnipeg Readers Survey

Make your choice in the Canstar Community News‘ Best of Winnipeg Readers‘ Choice Awards

Vote Now

Poll

Do you think cameras should be allowed in Manitoba courtrooms?

View Results

View Related Story