This video was the end result of many laborious hours (aka weeks) combing by way of months (aka years) of footage since my preliminary journey to the Himalayas in 2009. My unbelievable workforce at The Hockey Basis needed to verify we did issues proper earlier than we have been lastly able to share what we take into account a really particular video.
“How Hockey Helps” is the product of seven+ years supporting ice hockey in India, in addition to my experiences a decade in the past teaching in China on behalf of the New York Islanders’ Mission Hope, mixed with a few years of teaching youth hockey gamers within the New York Metropolis space.
Over time, an increasing number of coaches have joined in on this unbelievable journey to alter lives through hockey, and we have all seen first-hand that hockey does certainly assist. We at all times took pictures and movies of our journeys, however for a few years now, I felt like one thing was lacking.
So we made a video about How Hockey Helps.
I have been anxiously ready to share this video with you since earlier than we started modifying earlier this 12 months. I’ve watched this video almost 100 occasions as our workforce put it collectively, and on every viewing I reminisced fondly over all the experiences I’ve had, the individuals I’ve met, the friendships I’ve made…all due to hockey. I do know the opposite THF coaches really feel the identical method!
Hockey could also be a enjoyable recreation, nevertheless it’s not all enjoyable and video games on a regular basis.
It takes an amazing period of time, vitality and cash to realize what we have achieved thus far, comparable to:
- donating tons of of books to varsities in Ladakh with our instructional associate ILSC
- donating 1000’s of items of kit to hockey packages round India
- encouraging and supporting women hockey in India to the purpose that India fielded their first womens’ nationwide workforce in 2016
- organizing an historic recreation in Brampton, Ontario for the mens’ nationwide workforce to appreciate how way more they will accomplish with laborious work
- watching many of those gamers turn out to be coaches, referees and leaders of their communities
- advising on new rink building and tools importation/distribution to help entry to the sport
I take into consideration guys in India like Abdul Hakim (my assistant coach for Crew India for a variety of years), Chamba Tsetan, Tsewang Gyaltson, Rajat Malhotra, Zia Mir and Amit Belwal which have had their lives irrevocably modified by ice hockey, and younger ladies like Deachen Dolkar, Stanzin Dolker, Tsewang Chuskit, Kunzes Angmo, Rinchen Dolma and Noor Jahan that love the sport a lot they based the Ladakh Womens’ Ice Hockey Basis to make sure women in Ladakh have an equal alternative to excel on the recreation, an initiative we’re proud to help!
The fact is, that as a way to carry on altering lives through hockey, we want your assist. We need to preserve our momentum rising. Your help is vital to our continued success.
There are in-need communities in each nook of the globe, and we’re completely positioned to help them, whether or not it’s within the US, Canada, Eire, India, China, Korea, Kenya, Morocco, Chile or Argentina (to call only a few). We will even assist some penguins in Antarctica, if given the prospect!
Whether or not it’s to move tools, guarantee our coaches are effectively skilled, purchase books to donate to varsities, or just preserve our web site operational, making certain the monetary safety of The Hockey Basis is of the utmost significance, not solely to me, however to everybody that has donated tools, volunteered their time, and most significantly, to the individuals we coach and help!
To this finish, we have arrange a brand new fundraiser through ActionSprout to assist us begin this hockey season sturdy, and as we do, we’ll you should definitely share our progress with you! You may entry it on our HowHockeyHelps web page (the place you may also see a SlideShare presentation I made in New Brunswick earlier this summer time on How Hockey Helps), in addition to on our Fb web page.
Please take into account supporting and assist us change lives and share happiness, one puck at a time!
Adam Sherlip, Govt Director, Founder & Head Coach