HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA HELP FUND DONATES $35,000 TO COMMUNITY
GROUPS ACROSS CANADA TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO THE SPORT OF HOCKEY
To date, $163,000 has been donated to groups across the country
(Toronto, ON – July 31, 2012) The Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund today announced the donation of $35,000 in funds to four community groups that help children across Canada gain access to the sport of hockey through grassroots programs. Since 2009, funds have been raised through an online auction during Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada with the support of the NHL, the NHLPA and Scotiabank.
The 2012 recipient groups are:
• Goodsoil Minor Hockey – Funds will go toward much needed structural improvements to the local arena.
• Right To Play - Funds will be used to work with Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation in Northern Ontario to implement the Hockey For Development program which aims to teach life skills through hockey in First Nation Communities.
• KidSport Kitimat - Will use their donation to provide hockey equipment to local youth whose families are otherwise unable to afford it.
• Pioneer Park Panthers Hockey Club – Will use funds to provide hockey skills training to children in the community who may not have the means or opportunity to participate in a minor hockey program.
The Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund was established to assist more Canadians to participate in the sport of hockey by providing eligible groups across Canada with financial assistance in order to: give Canadians facing financial and geographical barriers an opportunity to participate in the sport of hockey; make the sport of hockey available to the most number of Canadians; and, to utilize the sport of hockey as an instrument of national unity. More than $163,000 has been donated to eligible groups across the country since 2006.
To learn more about the Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund, please visit cbcsports.ca/helpfund or watch thisshort video message http://bit.ly/QlGlml