This year my Dad will turn 78 years old. During his younger years, he was a fierce competitor in many different sports including hockey, track, and football. Dad often talked about the coaches that influenced and the importance of giving back to your community. My Dad has coached many hockey teams over the years, we have even coached a PeeWee hockey team together. We have been to many local, junior and NHL games together and have loved every opportunity to share our combined passion for hockey together.
Over the past several years he has been coaching a Grassroots Hockey Program. In the Grassroots Hockey Program children from our community, of various ages, can come out and learn the basics of hockey in a fun & friendly environment. My Dad can be found at our local hockey arena in Clifford, Ontario on a Sunday afternoon demonstrating his passion for the game of hockey and encouraging the love of the game to the next generation of fans.
Last year, I followed in my Dad’s footsteps by becoming a non-parent coach on a PeeWee hockey team in my local hockey association. Along with two other coaching staff members, we took a group of players and helped them become a hockey family. As a non-parent coach, there was no concern about “my child” getting the more minutes of play. We concentrated on helping the players build capacity as leaders on and off the ice. Several parents and players asked why we would give up so much of our time to coach other people’s children. As much as I love playing hockey being a coach gives me the opportunity to share my knowledge and expertise to a new cohort of players. As well, modeling to my PeeWee players the importance of giving back to the community will hopefully influence them to be volunteers in their community.
Being in a family where playing hockey, coaching hockey and watching hockey was all part of my very Canadian childhood, the love of the game is part of who I am as a person. The sportsmanship, skill improvement, and community involvement are part of my character and I hope part of my hockey legacy. I am happy to tell you about a partnership with Hockey Canada and Chevrolet that is encouraging good sportsmanship on and off the ice. In its second year, Chevrolet is continuing the Good Deeds Cup to search for Peewee teams in Canada that demonstrate good deeds throughout their community. Aside from spreading good sportsmanship throughout their community, finalists and the ultimate winner will receive the Good Deeds Cup, be featured on Sportsnet and received $15,000 towards the charity of their choice.
Very close to Ottawa is a small town that is vying to become Canada’s next Good Deeds Cup Champions. The Smith Falls Bears PeeWee team has been awarded a spot in top 10 finalists from across Canada. In order to help this young team of leaders chase their dreams of giving the local Salvation Army $15, 000 all you have to do is watch their video submission located on the www.chevrolethockey.com website. Each time you watch the video it is a vote for the Smith Falls Bears!
I have partnered with YMC and Chevrolet and have received compensation for this post. All opinions in the post are my own.