HEROS has partnered with Child and Youth Workers to bring together marginalized youth from both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The program seeks to promote the mutual understanding and co-operation between citizens of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. With HEROS, young people are educated about the commonalities of each other’s lives and empowered to help diminish the political and religious prejudices between both cultures.
The Irish initiative partners with the National Hockey League Players Association to send hockey equipment to Belfast and run the on ice portion of the program. Given Ireland’s history the message that Hockey is For Everyone carries added meaning in that through hockey, people of diverse political and religious backgrounds can play together.