The LFA Donates to Sun Youth’s SLAP Hockey Program
Sun Youth’s SLAP Hockey Program – On August 26th at Aréna du Collège Notre-Dame, the Ligue Fédérale des As held its annual 2018 Final Championship Summer Game, once again in support of the Sun Youth Organization. This time around the money raised would be directed towards Sun Youth’s SLAP Hockey Development Program. Thanks to everyone’s involvement, close to $6,000 were raised for Sun Youth’s SLAP Hockey Program, allowing the organization to do even more for the hundred underprivileged children benefitting from this program on an annual basis.
Hockey was one of the first team sports organized by Sun Youth. Still today, this passion is part of the organization’s Sports & Recreation programs such as the Sun Youth’s SLAP Hockey Program. SLAP program was established in 2005 through the collaboration of Park-Extension Youth Organization (PEYO), the Quebec Avalanche Hockey Club and Sun Youth Organization. Its mission is to introduce children, aged between 5 and 13 years old and from low income families, to the fundamentals of the sport that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. The participants are first taught basic skating skills and eventually progress to proficiency in team concepts while focusing on their education. Since October 2016, the SLAP program has expanded and is now available to young residents of Pierrefonds aged between 5 and 11 years old. With SLAP players have the chance to thrive in a structured, safe, fun and educational environment under the supervision of more than a dozen volunteer coaches who are happy to pass on their knowledge but above all, their passion for the sport.
Sun Youth would like to thank everyone who participated in the event or who made a donation for being part of the organization’s extended, which is composed of individuals, foundations and corporations you who care about the well-being of people in need, but also of groups like the LFA who are committed to giving back to the community through their activities. Throughout the last years, the League has been supporting various of our programs, from sports & recreation to emergency services, donating over $36,000 to Sun Youth. On behalf of all our hockey players in the making who will benefit from their generosity the organization thanks the LFA and their supporters for making a difference the lives of so many!
Feature image: Jean-François DesBois, President Director General of the LFA (right), presents SLAP Coordinator Vinnie Matteo (left) with the profits from the League’s 2018 Final Championship Summer Game.