The 2013/2014 Â Benefit Hockey Tour is proud to be in partnership with these great organizations. If you’d like to learn more about these organizations, or would like to know how you can become involved with them, please visit their websites.
Special Olympics Ontario
For the past 40 years, Special Olympics Ontario has represented nearly 17,000 special needs athletes in our communities â€“ aiming to promote social, physical, and mental development through participation in sports activities and training. It seeks to prepare athletes for participation in regular sports in the community.
The Special Olympics is held on regional, provincial, national, and world levels. Athletes of all ages and ability levels are able to compete with other athletes of similar ability, and everyone is recognized for their participation. The National and World Games are held every 2 years on an alternating summer and winter basis.
The Special Olympics is now the worldâ€™s foremost movement striving to promote acceptance, respect, and dignity for people with intellectual disabilities.
Please visitÂ www.specialolympicsontario.comÂ for more information.
Camp Maple Leaf
Camp Maple Leaf is a summer camp for children, age 8 to 15, located in the Kawarthas on a 104-acre island. It was founded in 1955 by World War II veterans and serves as a living memorial to their service.
Camp Maple Leaf enrollment fees are paid for through fundraising and other donations, offering underprivileged children an opportunity to have a unique summer camp experience. Their week-long stay is full of fun and adventure, as well as a focus on self-confidence, self-esteem, respect, and friendship. Since its inception, over 30,000 kids have benefited from their experience at Camp Maple Leaf.
The Camp is currently undergoing a construction project to add a new area for military families with children to reconnect with each other after returning from duty. The new facilities will be open year-round and will be mostly unstructured and self-paced. Itâ€™s a way to pay homage to Canadaâ€™s military families.
Please visitÂ www.campmapleleaf.netÂ for more information.
Help a Child Smile
Help a Child Smile is dedicated to bringing joy into the lives of children with cancer. HACS was founded in 1987 in honour of Kacey Lynn Rainville, whose wish to go to Wonderland inspired family and friends to â€œHelp a Child Smile.â€ Since then, it has helped or is currently helping over 800 families with children being treated at McMaster Childrenâ€™s Hospital in Hamilton. HACS provides assistance for lower-income families with needs that OHIP wonâ€™t cover. It also arranges activities for the kids, fundraising events, and trips to Wonderland and Florida.
Please visitÂ www.helpachildsmile.comÂ for more information.
Law Enforcement Torch Run
The Law Enforcement Torch Run is the primary community-based fundraising initiative for the Special Olympics. Founded in Wichita, KS, in 1981, the Torch Run has grown to include nearly 90,000 police professionals in over 35 countries around the world. Run by various police professionals â€“ including police officers, corrections and support staff, and volunteers â€“ the LETR raises funds and awareness through many different community events. These events include Polar Bear Plunges, motorcycle runs, t-shirt and hat sales, and media events like the NHL Alumni Tour.
Please visitÂ www.torchrunontario.comÂ for more information.
KidSport Canada is a non-profit association that helps families with sports enrollment and equipment costs, so that kids from lower-income families have the opportunity to participate in organized sports. Through a confidential application process, they provide grants so children can play one season of their chosen sport.
KidSport aims to promote physical fitness, self-esteem, self-confidence, friendship, and teamwork for all children across Canada. They are active in 11 provincial/territorial chapters and 177 community chapters. KidSportâ€™s goal is that no child should be left on the sidelines because cost is an obstacle.
Please visitÂ www.kidsport.comÂ for more information.