The Hockey Foundation’s mission is to change lives around the world via hockey, plain and simple. We do that in three ways:
- Provide access to the game where it struggles to take hold through equipment donations and providing coaches to communities
- Teaching the game in ways that instill a lifelong passion for the sport and development fundamental skills and principles on & off the ice: integrity, accountability, critical thinking, resilience & teamwork
- Support community development beyond hockey, focusing on education, social, economic and infrastructural needs of the communities we serve. We harness the lessons of hockey to empower youth and foster international understanding and cooperation.
While we are passionate about each and every aspect of our mission, and love making an impact on the lives of the players on the ice, the community development component of our mission is core to our desire to change lives… hockey is just the entry in to the community.
A few years ago we came in contact with the folks from ILSC, in particular, Jason Flaming, who was then-director of the Delhi campus of the fantastic language school founded in Vancouver, British Columbia. Being a Canadian-based organization, the folks at ILSC love ice hockey, and when they found out about hockey in Ladakh, they ran an equipment collection drive to donate to players in Ladakh.
Through sustained coaching development programs, THF has donated over 6,000 pieces of hockey equipment to local clubs and associations around India to date to ensure as many players as possible have access to the game. A significant portion of this gear was collected by ILSC campuses across North America and turned over to our team to ensure the gear gets into the hands of those that need it most.
We could’ve been content to keep this partnership going as is, but for both ILSC & THF, there’s a joint awareness that there’s always more to do. ILSC has been critical to The Hockey Foundation’s success since we became partners, and so we are dedicated to doing all we can to help them achieve their very similar mission: “To keep developing ILSC as one of the finest schools for language and career education where people have excellent and transformative learning and living experiences. ”
Earlier in 2015, I had a call with Jason (now based in Melbourne, Australia) and Nadine, from the ILSC campus in San Francisco, USA. They wanted to refocus their efforts on providing books and educational materials to schools in Ladakh, building upon a wonderful book donation we made to SECMOL during our 2015 season, and requested that The Hockey Foundation help in ensuring books can make it to at least three schools around the region.
Well… we did just that!