Table of Contents<br />Jane-Finch kids meet a HERO; Program brings hockey to students<br />Pro Career Real Gamble for Players <br />Ex-Flyers star Leach warns young players of booze's dangers; ‘I screwed up royally’ says sniper who now wants to be role model for First Nations kids.<br />
Jane-Finch kids meet a HERO; Program brings hockey to students<br />HEROS- Hockey Education Reaching Out Society <br />A free after school volunteer program designed to help kids excel in hockey.<br />Helps kids with troubled past escape with the help of sports, such as hockey.<br />
HEROS Program <br />Mission statement<br />The Hockey Education Reaching out Society is a non profit organization committed to empowering children through ice hockey. The premise of H.E.R.O.S. is to use the game of hockey as a catalyst to attract youth to a program offering support for education self-esteem building and life skills training. The program focuses on boys and girls of diverse ethnicity from economically challenged neighborhoods. The program will be conducted in an environment of fun and safety where each child is considered to be a HERO.<br />
HEROS Information <br />Cities Involved <br />Vancouver, BC 2000 (first site), Toronto, ON 2005, Calgary, AB 2006, Edmonton, AB 2006.<br />
Pro Career Real Gamble for Players <br />Canadian foundation Fondation de l'athlète d'excellence du Québec.<br />A program designed to assist kids financially who excel on the ice and in the classroom.<br />Also allows students from all sports to try and obtain scholarships.<br />
Pro Career Real Gamble for Players Contributions <br />$28,000 in bursaries<br />$625,000 annual contribution to young athletes.<br />
Pro Career Real Gamble for Players Scholarships<br />Assistance from the program does not allow the kids access to school scholarships due to the strict agency laws by the NCAA. This is not the case with Canadian University.<br />More than 60,000 scholarships, awards, bursaries and grants.<br />
Ex-Flyers star Leach warns young players of booze's dangers…Statistics<br />Reggie Leach a once promising upcoming star in the NHL is now on the outside looking in due to his stint with alcohol.<br />In the 1975-76 season he scored 61 goals and was voted playoff MVP with 19 goals. <br />In 934 regular-season NHL games with the Boston Bruins, California Golden Seals, the Flyers and the Detroit Red Wings, he scored 381 goals and assisted on 285.<br />
Ex-Flyers star Leach warns young players of booze's dangers…Future<br />After spending 14 years in the NHL leach was banned due to alcohol abuse.<br />What looked like a sure lock for the Hall of Fame will now have to wait and see if he will come up a few seasons short of doing so.<br />He now wants to educate the youth of hockey about his experiences and to make sure that they don’t follow in his footsteps.<br />
Ex-Flyers star Leach warns young players of booze's dangers; 'I screwed up royally,' says sniper who now wants to be role model for First Nations kids<br />"People might think that alcoholism just involves your own life, but it doesn't. It involves everyone around you. I speak from the heart. I don't hide anything.”<br />He now has sold his landscaping business in Philadelphia and moves back to his native Riverton, Manitoba in Canada in his quest to help educate young hockey players the trials and tribulations of fame and fortune.<br />
Conclusion <br /> In the end, these articles relate back to the purpose, which is helping the children of youth sports today. Whether it be giving out scholarships, educational speeches, or programs to help under privileged kids, it all goes back to the youth of sports today and what is best for them. <br />
Sources <br />Hickey, P. “Pro Career Real Gamble for Young Players.” The Montreal Gazette. 16 Jan. 2009.<br />Spencer, B. “Jane-Finch kids meet a HERO; Program brings hockey to students”. The Toronto Sun Media. 26 Apr. 2008.<br />Stevens, N. “Ex-Flyers star Leach warns young players of booze's dangers; 'I screwed up royally,' says sniper who now wants to be role model for First Nations kids”. The Toronto Star. 7 Dec. 2007. <br />
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