The Calgary Flames Foundation have teamed up with HEROS (Hockey Education Reaching Out Society) to launch and fund a new HEROS programming model adapted specifically for youth with cognitive challenges, specifically Autism and Down Syndrome. Super HEROS will work with 21 youth between the ages of 7 and 17 from Calgary and area communities.

“If the goal is that hockey is for everyone, this is a natural and important step,” says Kevin Hodgson, Executive Director of HEROS. “The young people that will take part, along with their families, have long wanted to have hockey be part of their story and we are excited to be able to make it happen with the help of so many great partners including the Flames Foundation.”

Having been fit with equipment this week, which can be seen here, the 21 boys & girls will hit the ice this Sunday, October 14th at Max Bell Arena #2. Representatives from the Flames Foundation, HEROS, the Sutter Family and Dr. Walinder Dhol will also be in attendance. Of the 21 participants, 18 will be skating for the first time.

7:30am – Super HEROS arrive
7:40am – MRU Cougars players to teach players how to get dressed
8:15am-9:15am – On ice session, jersey presentation to Flames Foundation and others

“The Flames and Flames Foundation are excited to launch this program for families who will benefit from the power of sport and hockey,” says Kathryn Truscott, Executive Director, Calgary Flames Foundation. “As we continue to join forces with valuable partners to remove barriers to playing sports and specifically hockey, we are optimistic about the positive impact the Flames Super HEROS program will have on families newly exposed to hockey and this mentorship opportunity.”

About HEROS:

Hockey Education Reaching Out Society (HEROS) is a volunteer-driven charity that uses the game of ice hockey to teach life-skills and empower marginalized youth. HEROS provides free hockey based mentorship programming to youth living in low income neighbourhoods across Canada from a grade four level, right up to post-secondary.  We provide opportunities for personal growth through sport training, educational development, and scholarships guiding participants to become constructive citizens and future community leaders.  Since 2000, HEROS helped almost 10,000 children and youth, from 9 cities across Canada.

About Calgary Flames Foundation:

When the ownership group brought the Flames to Calgary in 1980 their mandate, which is still prominent today, was to ensure that the Calgary Flames have a positive impact on the quality of life in southern Alberta. Since its inception the Calgary Flames Foundation, has raised millions for education, amateur and grassroots sports and health and wellness.