It’s no secret – I’m a proud hockey mom — luckily to just one child, for now!
Going to hockey games is really the highlight of our family’s weekends. There is something so special and exciting about lacing up skates, seeing your child’s name on a hockey jersey, watching the excitement on a young team’s faces.
I know how expensive it is to have your child play hockey – skates, equipment, lessons… not to mention if your kid wants to play goalie. I’m talking house league – and even more pricey (much more) if your child plays rep hockey! Participation in a rep league can cost thousands of dollars. With amazing fundraising initiatives from hockey volunteers, those costs can be lowered significantly but it’s still a huge expense, especially if you have more than one child playing.
Unfortunately some parents can’t afford the high costs of having their kids play hockey at all. According to Statistics Canada, about 68 per cent of children from high-income families play sports as opposed to 44 per cent from low-income ones.
When I hear of organizations getting involved in helping children play sports, giving them opportunities that they wouldn’t have otherwise, it just warms my heart. Sports teach children life lessons – discipline, teamwork and leadership skills that will remain with them through adulthood. Not to mention the life-long friendships that they will create!
RBC is committing to invest $100 million over five years to help one million kids and youth. This will happen through investments in a wide range of national and community-based organizations, such as children’s mental health, after school programs and amateur sports.
Thomas’ story is so sweet and inspiring. After emigrating from England, Thomas and his family join the ever-so-popular Canadian pastime of hockey. With the help of the RBC Play Hockey program, Thomas can do more than just dream about hockey – he can really play and that he does, as goalie!
RBC says the Believe in Kids Pledge will include $25 million for new, multi-year programs to be unveiled in the next few months. To kick things off, RBC will provide $2.8 million in donations to 106 community-based after school programs across Canada through the RBC After School Project. RBC will also provide $4.6 million in charitable grants to 125 organizations across Canada through the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project.
I’m thrilled with this news, knowing that other kids who can’t afford to play hockey may now be able to fulfill that dream of hitting the ice!
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