HEROS launched its fifth program in 2008 in arguably the toughest neighbourhood in Canada; Toronto's Jane and Finch corridor.
Along with facing the quadruple threat of drugs, prostitution, crime and gangs, the children in the Jane and Finch also have to avoid the brandishing of weapons and gunfire on an all too frequent basis.
The boys and girls in Brookview try to focus on education but can't fully escape the violent streets as the school can often be put on lockdown.
With HEROS and the support of the Brookview school teachers and administration, the boys and girls of the Jane and Finch have an opportunity to play ice hockey along with learning valuable life skills that will keep them off the streets.
I am excited to have been a part of HEROS again this season. I am a strong believer of using sport and hockey as a tool for personal development, and proud to support their efforts in the programs across Canada
Jay Bouwmeester, #4 Calgary Flames, HEROS Athlete Spokesperson