Game changer program looks to help youth

The NHLPA and Caribou Ski Source for Sports have partnered to help supply hockey equipment to underprivileged kids.

  • May. 14, 2012 12:00 p.m.

The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced recently that Source for Sports will serve as its official equipment supplier of the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Game Changer Award program.

The NHLPA Goals and Dreams Game Changer Award assists individual families who find themselves in unique financial situations due to economic or social reasons, such as job loss, divorce and more.

As the official equipment supplier for this award, Caribou Ski Source for Sports in Williams Lake will fit and supply the hockey gear for deserving applicants.

“No one should be left out of hockey because they can’t afford it,” said Tom Wong, owner of Caribou Ski Source for Sports.

“We are very excited to partner with the NHLPA and help give back to people in our community and help all kids enjoy the game of hockey.”

Source for Sports will also assist with fulfilling regular NHLPA Goals and Dreams equipment grants beyond those included as part of the NHLPA Game Changer Award Program.

NHLPA Goals and Dreams assists volunteer-based grassroots hockey programs that help economically disadvantaged children play the sport of hockey.

NHLPA members and Source for Sports share in the belief that more children should have the opportunity to play hockey — a sport that educates players in teamwork, commitment, discipline and physical fitness.

“We are excited to partner with Source for Sports to help even more children play the great game of hockey,” said Devin Smith, chairman of the NHLPA Goals and Dreams fund.

“This new partnership will provide children the joy of walking into a Source for Sports store to pick out brand new gear.”

Brad Hause, president of Source for Sports, said the company is proud to be part of a Canadian tradition.

“We have deep roots in our hockey communities right across Canada and this partnership with the NHLPA will allow children to continue the hockey tradition that many of us enjoyed growing up,” Hause said.

The NHLPA Goals and Dreams program was launched in 1999 and has since given 60,000 children in 25 countries sets of hockey equipment. The players’ program has also assisted with upgrades and the building of hundreds of arenas worldwide.

To date, the program has donated more than $20 million to grassroots hockey programs around the world.

To learn more about the NHLPA Goals and Dreams and Game Changer Award programs and for more information on how to apply for a grant through the National Hockey League Players’ Association visit www.nhlpa.com/giving-back/goals-dreams.

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