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Greg was born on June 20, 1977 in Philadelphia, PA.  He grew up in the Northeast Philly area where he began impacting every single life he touched.  From a young age, it was clear that Greg was a hard-wired leader.  His mother passed when he was 10 years old and he instantly became a guiding light to his family, a light so bright that even his shadow shined. 


Ice Hockey was a huge part of Greg’s life.  He was a talented, skillful player for both the Father Judge Crusaders and the Saint Joseph’s Hawks.  Following college, Greg played for various men’s leagues and began coaching children.  This is when the magic happened.  He soon became a USA Hockey Level 5 Certified coach – leading and impacting children within the Grundy Senators, Lawrence Flames, Princeton Junior Tigers, and Council Rock North ice hockey organizations.  He was a voracious reader of coaching and leadership books and frankly could’ve written his own.  His hockey IQ and love of the game were remarkable. 


Greg joined the Philadelphia Eagles organization in 2000, where he spent nearly 24 years building relationships and stewarding a positive culture. VP of Financial Operations was his job but his career was building up the people around him.

Greg McDonald Foundation Family values in hockey

In 2008, Greg got married and started a family.  The depth of Greg’s love for his wife and children was powerful and immeasurable, but a thing of beauty to witness.  He was always present.  “Be where your feet are” is what he said often.  And he soaked up life’s every meaningful minute doing just that.  Greg was a skilled listener, a dying art that he mastered so beautifully.  He was such a happy person.  He literally woke up each day singing – and ended most days doing the same, cuddling the kids at night with a lullaby.  Greg was a simple man.  He enjoyed life’s ordinary gifts.  He started most days walking the dogs, collecting the eggs from the chickens, and canvassing his property for sticks to kindle the next fire.  Greg always joked about picking up dog poop – he said it kept him humble…and kept his hands warm in the winter.  His humor, laugh, genuine disposition and humility left an indelible impression on those who were lucky to know him. 

On August 7, 2023 Greg was diagnosed with Stage IV Appendiceal Cancer.  After a short but fierce battle, he passed away on October 10, 2023 at the age of 46.  His legacy will live on in those he mentored, the leaders he inspired and the lives he influenced.  While our hearts are broken, we stand together today better and stronger because of his example. 


To empower the hockey community by providing opportunities to those with the greatest need through scholarships, equipment donations, and community service. 


Patricia Fox-McDonald
Patricia Fox-McDonald


Robert Casey


Christopher McDonald
Christopher McDonald


Carrie Casey
Carrie Casey



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