IT'S EVERY KID'S GAME!
Hockey Alberta recognizes that the existing minor hockey system doesn’t accommodate the needs of all communities and so the Every Kid, Every Community (EKEC) was created. The program, created as a funding based program, offers an opportunity for groups to create innovative ways to get more kids involved.
Since its first grant cycle in 2011, Every Kid, Every Community has granted $60,000 to programs geared towards getting more children involved in hockey. E4C, an Edmonton-based non-profit organization created the “Hockey for Kids” program. Bow Island Minor Hockey started “Hockey Fun Dayz”, a four day hockey tournament for children aged five to 12 that aren’t currently playing hockey.
In the Fall of 2012, three grants totaling $15,000 were awarded through Every Kid, Every Community.
“As an organization, giving these grants to start programs that give directly back to kids, it’s an amazing feeling,” said Hockey Alberta Foundation Executive Director, Scott Robinson. “We’re extremely honoured to help fund these four programs, two of which are brand new, in the hopes that they become sustainable and allow kids to play the game regardless of their background.”
Funds for Hockey Alberta’s Every Kid, Every Community Project have been made available through the Hockey Alberta Foundation’s fundraising efforts, Government of Alberta’s Community Spirit Program Grant, and generous contributions from ATB Investor Services.
Every year in July, the Hockey Alberta Foundation Golf Classic, presented by ATB Investor Services raises funds specifically for the Every Kid, Every Community Project. Last year, the tournament place at the Stewart Creek Golf and Country Club and raised over $45,000.
For more information, contact Scott Robinson; Executive Director, Hockey Alberta Foundation.