Helping people with Dyslexia is our Mission
It is estimated that 1 in 5 people have dyslexia, and over 40 million people in the US alone are dyslexic; unfortunately, only around 2 million of them have been diagnosed. Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability or disorder that includes poor word reading, word decoding, oral reading fluency and spelling. It is not affected by IQ (Einstein was dyslexic), however the absence of appropriate educational support to overcome dyslexia often negatively impacts a student’s school and ultimately career success, as well as satisfaction in all areas of life. However, with early detection and diagnosis, dyslexics can receive appropriate interventions which will enable them to become successful readers and writers. Here at the Brent Sopel Foundation we are dedicated to providing financial and educational assistance to help students with dyslexia fulfill their potential through early detection and intervention.
Detection and diagnosis requires the services of professionals and specifically designed diagnostic tools. Students who are identified as dyslexic receive specially designed instruction. These services can be costly for some school districts and individuals.
A child who reads and writes well is a child who has the keys to success in school and in life. The solutions are there, but they require money to pay for them.
Please help us accomplish our mission by clicking the Donate link at the top of the page. Your tax deductible donation will mean so much to someone struggling with dyslexia.
The Brent Sopel Foundation wanted to let everyone know that for 2020 we are canceling both the Dyslexia Charity Golf Tournament and the Chicago Pro-Am Charity Hockey Tournament to benefit Dyslexia. The health and safety of our charitable donors, our dyslexia education teachers and the dyslexic youth we work with are our #1 priority. We hope to bring both these events back to Chicago in 2021, and we have not yet ruled-out the possibility of moving the Golf Tournament to the fall of 2020. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.
The Brent Sopel Foundation Board of Directors
Oct. 12, 2019: As part of Dyslexia Awareness Month, the Daily Herald wrote an article about our own Brent Sopel, actor Henry Winkler, and Chicago suburban carpenter Jeremy Bailey...all who have dyslexia. The article is titled "Faces of dyslexia: How a suburban carpenter, a hockey pro and The Fonz are working with it". Additionally, ABC News Chicago had a nice video about the article which you can view here.
PHOTO; Brent Sopel and the 2010 Stanley Cup. Courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks
The Brent Sopel Story
Brent Sopel is an alumni National Hockey League (NHL) defenseman who played for multiple NHL teams from his initial draft in 1996 through his final NHL season in 2011. Brent was a key defensive part of the 2010 Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks, and was the NHL Player of the Week in 2001 and 2002.
"Hi. I'm Brent Sopel and I achieved NHL success without knowing I had dyslexia. I discovered I had dyslexia when my daughter was diagnosed. Sadly, I was never diagnosed during my childhood, and hence I never received the appropriate teaching methods for me to be successful at traditional learning. Because I struggled in school, instead I focused solely on Hockey. Unfortunately my dyslexia challenges followed me to the NHL and beyond into my next phase of life. Ultimately my dyslexic challenges helped cause personal and family heartache that I am still dealing with today. You can read my story at The Tribune Players Lost in My Mind. After you read my story, I hope you will understand why I founded the Brent Sopel Foundation to help people with Dyslexia...and I hope you will Donate to help us help those like me struggling with dyslexia."
The Brent Sopel Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to helping people with Dyslexia. Brent Sopel, an NHL alumni and 2010 Stanley Cup Winner with the Chicago Blackhawks, is the founder. Brent also has dyslexia and dysgraphia.