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KidSport will sponsor full minor hockey registration fees for low-income families in the 2022-23 season

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On April 19, 2022, KidSport Alberta announced that it had received a $2 million donation from the Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF). The donation will help low-income Alberta families inspire hockey in their children by covering registration fees and providing equipment to minor hockey players.

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“Imagine hearing your friends at school talk about their hockey game over the weekend, knowing you’ll never get the chance to play it,” said Corey Smith, chairman of the board of trustees. EOCF. “The reality is that hockey is expensive, and for many families that’s just not possible. That’s why we’re thrilled to partner with KidSport to help lower the cost of playing hockey for kids from underrepresented groups. With this donation, we will ensure that Canada’s game is accessible to all children in Oil Country.

There are currently 25 local KidSport chapters in Northern Alberta raising funds to support minor hockey in their community. The average cost of minor hockey registration fees in Oil Country is $750 per season. Prior to the donation, KidSport chapters could help with $250 to $400 per season (with the Fort Saskatchewan chapter allocating $400). While providing $250 to $400 helped support low-income families, it left a void that kept many kids from participating in hockey. Thanks to the donation from the EOCF, KidSport’s Hockey Assist program will cover all registrations for the 2022-23 minor hockey season.

“We are working closely with the Fort Saskatchewan Minor Hockey Association to let people know that families who qualify for funding will be able to get 100% of their registration fees paid. This should allow many more parents to bring their children to hockey. So we hope to see the number of registrations increase for the 2022-23 season!

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Last year, the Fort Saskatchewan chapter of KidSport helped fund 17 kids to play hockey in the city and surrounding areas. This season, the chapter’s goal is to double or even triple those numbers.

“Part of the funds will also be used for equipment,” Lupul said. “Because we anticipate more kids playing hockey, SportsCentral in Edmonton has been our partner for many years in equipping kids with the necessary equipment they need. With the expected growth in numbers, SportsCentral was concerned that they could provide all the necessary equipment, so a portion of that $2 million will also be used to help SportsCentral get all the necessary equipment these kids need to play hockey. ”

KidSport has over 150 chapters across Canada. Each chapter raises funds, accepts applications and distributes grants to children directly in its community. One in three children in Canada is kept out of sport due to cost, and these numbers are higher in marginalized and remote communities. KidSport ensures that no child has to watch from the sidelines.

Families who qualify for the Hockey Assistance Program (HAP) can apply for funding by visiting Families planning to use HAP for the 2022-23 hockey season are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as funding is limited. Applications are currently being reviewed.

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