Sherwood Park, AB. — Today, students from Clover Bar Junior High are taking time out of their schedule to help raise money for two local homeless support agencies during this year’s Hockey Helps the Homeless tournament in Edmonton.
Fifteen students from the Clover Bar Junior High Hockey Plus Program are taking part in the tournament, which is an annual event to bring awareness and support for the homeless. The students spent the day carrying hockey equipment for the tournament’s players. In total, more than 200 players participated in the tournament and included an impressive roster of 31 retired NHL pros.
“A major part of the curriculum for all our students at Clover Bar is participation in community-based learning opportunities,” says Richard Benson, a teacher and hockey co-ordinator at Clover Bar Junior High. “It offers students experience in leadership and volunteering, which are some of the foundational pillars of our program—to develop student athletes and good people through their passion for hockey.”
Overall, the tournament raised almost $200,000, which is being donated to two local homeless support agencies: Jasper Place Wellness Centre and The Mustard Seed. The money raised will help the agencies offer a variety of services including housing, counselling, health services, life-skills training and mentoring for Edmonton’s homeless community.
“By being part of the event, our students benefit too,” says Benson. “They see first-hand that being an athlete in a hockey program entails more than just improving on the ice and in the classroom. It means giving back, too.”
Clover Bar Junior High’s Hockey Plus Program provides an engaging academic and athletic curriculum to its student hockey players. Over the course of the year, players participate in three skills-focused sessions in a six-day cycle and spend approximately 100 hours on the ice. The program puts an emphasis not only on their hockey skills but also academics, nutrition and character development. In total, more than 40 students—made up of both boys and girls—are enrolled in the program.
Clover Bar Junior High serves approximately 400 students in grades 7 through 9 and is one of 42 schools within Elk Island Public Schools. More information about the school is available at www.cloverbar.ca.
For more information contact:
Richard Benson, teacher and hockey co-ordinator, Clover Bar Junior High 780-467-2295
Laura McNabb, director, Communication Services, EIPS 780-417-8204 cell 780-405-4902