ACCESSIBILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) and the Calgary Flames Foundation are proud to introduce the creation of the CSEC Inclusion Program. This program is comprised of a $2 million investment in sport inclusion through the Calgary Flames Foundation, along with the establishment of organizational and community partnerships and programs that promote inclusion.
The following are programs, partnerships and events to support accessibility and adapted sport. Please note, these are introductory partnerships as the launch of the program.
Calgary Flames PX3 Roller-Sled Program
Calgary Flames Foundation support will prioritize the procurement of roller sleds for clinics in Calgary. These clinics will be a combination of roller sled and on-ice sledge hockey clinics in partnership with PX3 AMP Sports Academy. The goal of the program is to encourage participation in adaptive sports and hockey among youth with existing or recently acquired physical disabilities.
Extension of the SuperHEROS Program to Central Alberta (https://heroshockey.com/heroshockey/programming/superheros/)
SuperHEROS is an adapted on-ice hockey program for children and youth living with physical and cognitive challenges that otherwise would be a barrier to taking part in hockey. The Calgary Flames Foundation was a key part of the partnership that brought this program to Calgary, the first of its kind in Western Canada. In partnership with HEROS, the Calgary Flames Foundation now will help to extend the program to provide adapted hockey throughout the Central Alberta Region.
Sensory kits, designed to make CSEC games and events more accessible and inviting to children and people with sensory challenges will be available upon request for not cost at McMahon Stadium and the Scotiabank Saddledome at guest services for all Calgary Flames, Hitmen, Roughnecks and Stampeders games and events.
Volt Hockey – Calgary Flames Division (https://varietyalberta.ca/volt/)
The Calgary Flames Foundation has partnered with Variety-the Children’s Charity of Alberta Association to present the Calgary Flames Division of the Volt Hockey Program. Volt Hockey is an adaptive variation of hockey that has been designed for children and adults with complex disabilities to enable them to play hockey, a sport that at one time was untouchable for them. Volt is played in a specially designed electric hockey sport chair for youth 6 years and up, with severe physical disabilities and limited upper body strength.
The Alberta Sports and Recreation Association for the Blind – ASRAB (https://asrab.ab.ca/)
Support has been provided by the Calgary Flames Foundation focused on physical education modules for children with visual impairments. This partnership will help create a resource that physical education teachers can access when they have students with visual impairments.
For over 50 years, Canadian Adaptive Snowsports, CADS, has empowered accessibility through community, family & diversity in our community. CADS Calgary works to provide people with disabilities the opportunity to experience the joy of learning, participating, and competing in alpine Snowsports and aims to create an inclusive environment that is more than just having fun; athletes in the program learn tangible life skills, gain confidence, and develop life-long friendships. Through the development and promotion of adaptive Snowsports, CADS provides opportunities for people with disabilities to experience the joy of participating and competing in alpine snowsports. Partnerships, training, and instructor certification programs create the foundation for our volunteer-based organization. Each year, CADS has around 500 members who together build our athlete, volunteer, and support base. As a volunteer-based non-profit charity, CADS Calgary is recognized as being the largest single-location CADS program in Canada, and the Calgary Flames Foundation is proud to support the CADS Learn to Ski/Snowboard program which invites 150 participants to join.
Rocky Mountain Adaptive Sport
Rocky Mountain Adaptive provides individuals of all ages and abilities the opportunity to participate, learn and excel at mountain sport and recreation. The Calgary Flames Foundation is supporting the No Limits Winter program, which offers adaptive activities including downhill skiing, sit skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, gymnastics, indoor climbing, curling, yoga, outdoor skating, and leisure swimming. Participants can take part in individual or group lessons, multi-week programs, or drop-in activities.
Parkdale Outdoor Rink
The Calgary Flames Foundation, City of Calgary and Parks Foundation partnered to open Calgary and southern Alberta’s first fully accessible outdoor rink in the community of Parkdale. The community also just hosted the first sledge hockey tournament outside in February 2023.