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Past, present and future – The Hockey Foundation

One thing I’m extremely proud of is how our program has grown each year, mostly because of the hard work of these individuals. We coached more players in more communities and donated more equipment in the process (thanks in part to the support we received from Sun Life Financial). We need to learn how hockey changes lives for so many people in Ladakh, in Shimla, in Delhi and all over the world. Our volunteer coaches’ lives have been changed by the experiences they have had, the impact they have made and the relationships they have built. Hockey in India is really approaching a tipping point. New community courts are built every year, indoor facilities are planned, equipment import / distribution companies are formed and some of the players I have coached since 2009 become the next generation of hockey leaders in India: coaches, officials, referees, etc.

But one thing that has long been clear: the program will have to adapt. Things were and are going to change.

As the core group of myself, Alex and Antoine come into our advanced years (neither of us is still 35), we should all spend time focusing on our lives at home, which have often been sacrificed for the benefit of The Hockey Foundation and the communities we support.

For myself, I was married just over a year ago and settling into a new home in a new city (in a new country). Alex is about to have his first child. Antoine has just moved into a new home and also has a baby to take care of. In short, we all have personal lives outside of THF that need our attention, and this provides a wonderful opportunity for The Hockey Foundation to continue to adapt as it grows.

Although we did not distribute 10 coaches in India as in January-February 2016, we will have two large representatives of THF on the ground for about a month, with a handful of people joining them during that time.

  • Alexis Daudelin (from Montreal), who met us last season while in the Himalayas, will return to Ladakh for a second time to coach
  • Corey Adams (from Long Island), who was the hard-working editor who produced the “How Hockey Helps” video, will be on the ice and behind the camera

We’ll share a little more about their plans and the group that will join them in a future post (this one is long enough as it is). Antoine and I run (and will) run the India Program from North America, work together and plan with our partners in India to ensure that Alexis and Corey are well cared for and set up to succeed. They will of course donate hockey equipment to communities / programs that are needed, as well as donate boxes of books to various schools around Ladakh, in collaboration with ILSC (again, more details in subsequent postings).

In addition to the real circumstances that this adjustment requires on behalf of our dedicated team, it also enables us to develop a process that enables the Hockey Foundation to support more countries simultaneously, if we can manage programs remotely. This in turn can help us keep costs low, making it possible to fund more programs. Fundraising is the hardest part of what we do, and we do everything possible to alleviate expenses where possible.

Of course, nothing is free, and our programming still has costs associated with continuing to work.

So, I’ll end with a simple request to help us ensure that Corey and Alexis have a smooth journey.

If you are willing and able to donate during this season of giving, please visit us donation page. No amount is too big or small. Please help us continue to change lives via hockey … one puck at a time.

Heartfelt greetings, happy holidays and a prosperous new year!

Adam Sherlip

Executive Director and Founder





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