David Backes, a 6’3″ forward and high scorer for the St. Louis Blues is set to take the ice on the USA Olympic Hockey team in 2014. As we anxiously watch the medal round in Sochi let’s take a look at David Backes’ wife Kelly Backes.
David is known for being a supportive team captain and a tough competitor who has definitely thrown a punch or two when necessary. However, outside of Hockey he shows a true soft spot for his lovely wife and a special cause that is close to both of their hearts.
Kelly and David make a very good looking All-American couple. There is not much out there about Kelly’s specifically, but David’s Twitter account is full of tidbits about Kelly and David’s personal philanthropic endeavors. From the looks of things Kelly is a lot more than a trophy wife cheering from the stands. Kelly and David are an extraordinary team who focus much of their attention off the ice supporting animal rescue organizations. In fact these two are so devoted to animal rescue they each have their own rescue organizations: Kelly’s Kats and David’s Dogs.
As the NBC Broadcast of the semi-final game of the USA vs Czech mentioned, David and Kelly have taken up the fight for the stray dogs in Sochi. As has been reported over and over, many of the homeless have been put down in preparations for the international Olympic event. David and Kelly Backes have teamed up with other athletes competing in Sochi and their families to help save as many animals as possible. The Backes have spearheaded a campaign to have strays rounded up, checked out, treated and sent overseas to be adopted in other countries, rather than find the fate so many have already met. As Doc Emrick pointed out during the broadcast, it’s yeoman’s work, and the true definition of selflessness.
Their spirit for animal related philanthropy isn’t new. In the months leading up to the Olympics, the popular Hockey couple took on their greatest domestic endeavor yet: Athletes for Animals or A4A. On a night full of glitz and glamour professional athletes from sports across the board strutted their stuff on the red carpet to raise money and awareness for Kelly and David’s newest charity A4A. Kelly and David hope to sign more athletes as voices for their cause in the next year.