THE FLAMES EVENSTRENGTH PROGRAM IS THE LARGEST BENEFICIARY UNDER THE AMATEUR + GRASSROOTS SPORTS FOUNDATION PILLAR.
Implemented in 1998 in partnership with Hockey Calgary and KidSport Calgary, the Flames EvenStrength program alleviates financial hardship for kids and families who cannot afford the cost of hockey registration fees.
Together, the Calgary Flames, KidSport Calgary and Hockey Calgary have distributed 1.2 million dollars to more than 4,000 kids. EvenStrength ensures equality for Calgary kids in need—at any age of minor hockey.
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Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) is a volunteer driven, registered Canadian charitable organization committed to empowering children through ice hockey. The premise of HEROS 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 Flames Foundation supports HEROS through a multi-year partnership that will result in a new HEROS program in the Bowness neighbourhood of Calgary. The partnership brings free hockey programming that teaches life skills to over 35 children annually. The three-year partnership fully funds the program in Bowness.
The Flames Foundation supports both the Calgary Canucks Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club and the Calgary Mustangs Junior ‘A’ Hockey Club in their player development and hockey programming. Both of these Calgary AJHL teams receive $25,000 per year.
The Calgary Inferno is a part of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. The Flames Foundation commits $20,000 annually to support this team.
The Flames Foundation donates $20,000 a year per hockey program to the University of Calgary, SAIT Polytechnic and Mount Royal University.
The Flames Foundation is also proud to host the annual Crowchild Classic at the Scotiabank Saddledome, showcasing both the men’s and women’s varsity Dinos and Cougars. Last year the game broke the CIS (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) attendance record with over 12,000 people in the crowd.
In partnership with the Flames EvenStrength program and KidSport Calgary, Comrie’s Sports Equipment Bank gathers and redistributes equipment at no cost to those kids who would otherwise be denied the opportunity to participate.
Through the sales of 50/50 tickets at Calgary Flames home games, amateur and minor sports teams have the chance to raise funds for their teams. Last year the Calgary Flames Foundation distributed over $145,688 to support local sports teams through the 50/50 program.
In partnership with SAIT and the Flames Foundation, sportscaster Rob Kerr hosted the fifth Calgary Flames/Sport Chek Development Camp. This two-day camp at SAIT is for kids from the EvenStrength program, HEROS and Hockey Calgary. The camp is designed for underprivileged hockey players between the ages of 10 –14 who do not otherwise have the funds to access a summer hockey camp. Between 80 and 90 kids participate each year.
Joining forces with Hockey Calgary, the Flames Foundation announced a joint initiative for Novice hockey in Calgary. The Foundation has made an annual commitment to provide each Novice team in the city with jerseys for every player as well as fundraising tools for each hockey association Rink Refurbishment Project.
$120,000 QUEENSLAND RINK RESTORATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH WORLEYPARSONSCORD
The Calgary Flames Foundation in partnership with WorleyParsonsCord works annually with communities in and around Calgary to refurbish a rink or field.