In 2016, Sasha helped organizing a dream trip for a Finnish kid, Aleksi Soini, who was diagnosed with brain cancer back in 2013. Aleksi was an inspiring junior hockey player in Finland when he was stricken by this awful illness. “I was heartbroken when I heard about Aleksi’s case and I wanted to invite Aleksi to Florida to watch a few of my games,” Sasha said. Sasha also took Aleksi to the Florida Panthers locker room and introduced him to other players. Finally, Sasha and Aleksi went to see an NBA game where they met with Miami Heat star, Dwayne Wade, baseball superstar, Alex Rodriguez, and many other celebrities. This trip was an unforgettable experience for Aleksi, who inspired the Finnish and Floridian communities to pursue their dreams and fight hard to overcome challenges.
During summer 2016, Sasha invited Aleksi to visit the "Barkov Day" at his Barkov Golf School project. "I am excited to get involved in charity work. For me it is something very important because I want to help less fortunate people, who might not have similar chances like others. I am extremely proud of Aleksi. I admire his courage and perseverance,".
BOCA HELPING HANDS
Recently, Sasha has become a donator with a Boca Helping Hands charity project in South Florida. Boca Helping Hands provides food, medical and financial assistance to meet basic human needs as well as education, job training and guidance to create self-sufficiency. "It is a natural thing to do for me as we both are in Boca Raton. I am looking forward to get more involved with Boca Helping Hands in the near future".
LAINE - BARKOV CHARITY GOLF
Sasha and Patrik Laine have joined forces to create an annual golf charity event in Tampere, Finland. The purpose of this event is to collect money and distribute amongst various communities in Finland. This project is due to start during the summer 2019. Both young stars are super exited about this charity event.