HEROS Sunshine Coast was launched in September 2009 and brings together children from the two small communities of Gibsons and Sechelt. The Sunshine Coast is a 45 minute ferry ride from Vancouver and is an area that has been impacted by the economic downturn. The Sunshine Coast participants face similar challenges to children in other cities even though they live in a smaller community. Many of them come from single–parent families who are struggling to make a living. They cannot afford the extra costs associated with sports such as ice hockey. This impacts the kids who can have behavioural challenges, learning difficulties and issues with confidence and self esteem. HEROS is providing these young people an opportunity to grow as individuals in a positive group setting.