The 7th annual Calgary Flames and Sport Chek Development Camp is set to take place this Saturday, August 25th and Sunday, August 26th at the SAIT Campus. The youth hockey camp, created by Rob Kerr, will be hosted by the SAIT Trojans and features players from the Flames Foundation’s EvenStrength Program, Jumpstart, HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) and Football Hockey Link.
“At Sport Chek, we remain committed to helping our young athletes perform their best and achieve their wellness goals,” said Chris Wragg, AVP Marketing, FGL Sports. “Along with Rob Kerr and the Calgary Flames, we’re proud to support our local communities and athletes as they start the hockey season.”
The two-day camp will include on-ice coaching, classroom instruction, hockey presentations, sport activities and a big league experience game for youth participants. Calgary Flames forward Curtis Lazar, alumni Brian McGrattan and Mike Commodore and Harvey the Hound will be on site at various points throughout the weekend assisting the athletes. Players and their families will also take in presentations from Calgary Flames Assistant Coach Ryan Huska.
“Every year we are overwhelmed by the generosity of sponsors and our volunteers in making it possible for us to host 90 kids for a hockey experience that we hope they carry with them for their whole lives.” Rob Kerr camp organizer said. “This is an annual team effort that exemplifies what hockey and sports is supposed to be about.”
The Flames EvenStrength Program and HEROS are both supported by the Calgary Flames Foundation on an annual basis. The Flames EvenStrength Program has distributed over $1.7 million to more than 5,000 kids since its inception in order to assist families who require financial assistance to register in hockey.
The Calgary Flames Foundation continues to work towards improving the lives of Southern Alberta though support of grassroots and amateur sports, education and health and wellness initiatives.
Players will receive instruction and activities based on the principles of teamwork, leadership and respect in sport. Representatives from the Calgary Flames Foundation, Sport Chek, local media outlets and the SAIT Trojans hockey team will volunteer as instructors and assist on both days.