The expenses associated with amateur hockey can often exclude children from low-income families, not only through the costs of equipment and transportation, but through skill development camps that are necessary for the growth and future success of each player. To ensure that low-income children in the Greater Montreal community can continue to strive for excellence both on and off the ice, the Safety Crew/Sun Youth hockey camp was introduced in 2008. Taking place the week of August 12th, this year’s edition featured over 20 children aged 7-13, all selected by Sun Youth. While the camp is valued at $500 dollars per child, the generosity of sponsors, volunteers, guest coaches and the eponymous “Safety Crew” of organizers allows each child to attend free of charge.
Past guests of the camp have included Vincent Lecavalier, Ron Fournier and PJ Stock, but volunteers are the heart and soul of the operation. One in particular, Glen Dore, takes a week off his work to administer the camp, something that could only be called a vacation in the most ironic of company! “Sun Youth is honored to help in the selection of young players deserving of this camp – we are deeply thankful of the Safety Crew’s trust and respect, and the feeling is mutual. The work done by Glen Dore, Leisa Joy, and other volunteers helps transform young lives,” said Ernest Rosa of Sun Youth Sports and Recreation. Donors are also integral to the success of the camp, with Ms. Joy offering special thanks to the Hogg Family Foundation, David Laurie of Pepsico for supplying Gatorade, and Dagwoods for supplying sandwiches to hungry campers, in addition to dozens of individual donors, volunteers and coaches who’s contributions of both time and money ensured that campers had the best opportunity to learn and grow through their favorite sport. More information on the camp can be found by contacting Leisa Joy at 514-577-0606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture on top : Campers pull together for a skating coordination drill, one among many drills that develop and improve the basic skills of young players. Photo credit: Leisa Joy.