Our Story

Yaks Give Back, a subsection of the Yaktopia Yaks Hockey Organization, supports designated charitable organizations and endeavors through awareness events and contributions. These events and contributions are centered on the ideals of good sportsmanship, friendly competition, and teamwork.

The earliest version of Yaks Give Back (YGB) arose from the generous nature of a Yaktopia Yaks Adult Hockey Organization member and need for support after a devastating tsunami in Japan in 2011. Not yet known or organized as YGB, several men and women came together to quickly arrange a charity hockey game at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube. Along with matching funds, the Yaks were able to raise over $10,000 to help the victims of the 2011 Japan tsumani.

2011 - Japan Relief Fund and American Red Cross

Raised $10,480 with matching funds

2012 - Susan G Koman Mid-Michigan Affiliate

Raised $3,953

2013 - Ann Arbor Rockets Disabled Hockey

Raised $7,141

2014 - Homes for our Troops - Sgt Koulchar

Raised $5,881

2015 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washtenaw County

Raised $7,000

2016 - Yaks on Sleds

2017 - Faceoff for a cure

Raised $8,175

2018 - AHIHA

Raised $6,800

2019 - Officer Dave Imber and Family

Raised $7,100

2022 - Detroit Ice Dreams

Raised $11,500