Wings legend Ted Lindsay gives $1 million gift to benefit children

Ted Kulfan
The Detroit News


“I never worried about big guys,” Lindsay told The Detroit News last year. “Big, big guys fall farther than little guys. That’s all.”

Sunrise, Fla. – In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, Ted Lindsay has gone all out.

The Red Wings legend Wednesday announced a $1 million gift to the Ted Lindsay Foundation HOPE Center in Southfield.

The HOPE (Hands-on Parents Education) Center in Southfield – which is over 12,000 square feet in size - provides speech pathology, enhanced treatment rooms and observation rooms for parents with video monitors and is affiliated with the Beaumont Children’s Center.

The gift goes hand-in-hand with the purpose of the foundation, said Joanne Lindsay, Ted’s wife.

“To help find a cause and a cure,” Joanne Lindsay said. “This has been our primary goal. We found the HOPE Center, I don’t know if we found them or they found us, but the quarters were so small and inadequate.

“Three years ago we set a goal to donate a million dollars to see what it could do for them. Everyone is so happy.”

Joanne Lindsay said there are several on-going researches going on currently that are getting at the causes of autism.

Ted Lindsay began the foundation with his friend John Czarnecki, whose son was diagnosed with autism.

“Ted wanted to know what we could do to help,” Joanne said. “We started with a golf outing (and it’s grown).”