The recipients of this year's Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund were announced on Tuesday, with four Canadian organizations sharing a total of $35,000 for grassroots efforts to help children gain access to hockey.
The Pioneer Park Panthers Hockey Club, KidSport Kitimat, Right to Play and Goodsoil Minor Hockey were selected from a slew of online applications for assistance from the Help Fund over the past year.
"The Hockey Night in Canada Help Fund plays an important role in our commitment to community involvement and growing the game of hockey at all levels across Canada," said Jeffrey Orridge, CBC’s executive director of sports properties. "We're proud to work with this year's recipients to help make our national sport more accessible to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience such an important part of Canadian culture."
The Help Fund provides financial assistance to Canadians that face financial and geographical barriers and aims to give them an opportunity to play and promote the game of hockey.
More than $136,000 has been donated to eligible groups since 2006.
The four groups will direct funds to the following areas of need:
- Goodsoil Minor Hockey — Toward much-needed structural improvements to the local hockey arena.
- Right To Play — 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 — To provide hockey equipment to local youth whose families are otherwise unable to afford it.
- Pioneer Park Panthers Hockey Club — 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.