November 2, 2011

Hockey Program for Youth with Special Needs coming to Kamloops

Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops is pleased to introduce the first hockey program of its kind to offer extracurricular development for youth with special needs.

The new Special Needs Hockey Program is open to boys and girls ages 10 to 16 with developmental delays who wish to participate in a hockey program. Participants may range from children with Autism, Down’s syndrome, and other various developmental disabilities. The purpose of this program is to enrich the lives of children by providing a safe and fun program that is adapted to the level of each player. The development of life skills such as dependability, accountability, and willingness to share are encouraged.

In order to participate, youth must already be comfortable on skates prior to the program beginning. Siblings are also encouraged to register to help foster a more comfortable environment. Players must, at the very least, wear a full face mask, neck guard, gloves, skates, and have a hockey stick. Full equipment including elbow pads, shin pads and hockey pants are recommended.

Program Details:
Saturdays, January 7th - March 24th
9:45 - 10:45 am
Interior Savings Centre
Fee: $60 ~ Program No. 184635
Registration opens November 2nd

Parents from other communities with similar programs have seen tremendous results outside the rink. The children are more active, performing better in school and have been more confident in social situations.

Equipment subsidies and financial assistance programs are available through the City of Kamloops. The sports community in Kamloops has been incredibly supportive, with notable generosity displayed by the Blazers Sports Society, Blazers Hockey, Consignor Sports, and Players Bench.

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Media Contacts:
Alex de Chantal, Interim Sport Development Coordinator
City of Kamloops