Since our inception, HEROS has been working to support youth with barriers to access sport in their communities due to poverty and other related issues. These young people often face a range of challenges including isolation, disconnection from peers, and not feeling fully integrated in their community. Through our Super HEROS programs we provide the same safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment to youth with cognitive & physical challenges.
In the provinces west of Ontario, there have been few places for these young people to take part in hockey – this is a significant gap we are excited to help fill. Super HEROS is open to boys & girls with cognitive & physical challenges aged 7-17. This completely free program provides an adapted on-ice curriculum focusing on station work from a Learn to Play perspective. Being part of a league and playing competitive games is not the objective, but opportunities to share the hockey experience with youth from other communities is part of the program. Participants are supported every step of the way by a dedicated team of Volunteer Mentors who provide programming on and off the ice, utilizing the HEROS model, in place since 2000.
Our Super HEROS are members of a national network of adapted programs providing the opportunity to take part in events with their peers across the country. They are part of a family of more than 800 HEROS & Super HEROS players across Canada, all wearing the HEROS jersey – teammates with whom they can share the joy of hockey.
“This has been a very long quest for our community, and I still have to pinch myself that it is actually happening. This is going to be something that is going to change many lives for a long time” – Al Stewart, Super HEROS parent and volunteer
If you would like more information please contact Kevin Hodgson, (587) 228-6928 firstname.lastname@example.org