This video was the fruits 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 staff at The Hockey Basis wished to ensure we did issues proper earlier than we had been lastly able to share what we think about 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’ Undertaking Hope, mixed with a few years of teaching youth hockey gamers within the New York Metropolis space.
Through the years, increasingly more coaches have joined in on this unbelievable journey to vary lives through hockey, and we have all seen first-hand that hockey does certainly assist. We at all times took images 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 staff 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 approach!
Hockey could also be a enjoyable recreation, nevertheless it’s not all enjoyable and video games on a regular basis.
It takes an incredible period of time, vitality and cash to realize what we have achieved to this point, akin to:
- donating tons of of books to varsities in Ladakh with our instructional accomplice ILSC
- donating 1000’s of items of kit to hockey applications round India
- encouraging and supporting women hockey in India to the purpose that India fielded their first womens’ nationwide staff in 2016
- organizing an historic recreation in Brampton, Ontario for the mens’ nationwide staff to appreciate how way more they’ll accomplish with onerous work
- watching many of those gamers grow to be coaches, referees and leaders of their communities
- advising on new rink development and tools importation/distribution to assist entry to the sport
I take into consideration guys in India like Abdul Hakim (my assistant coach for Crew India for numerous years), Chamba Tsetan, Tsewang Gyaltson, Rajat Malhotra, Zia Mir and Amit Belwal which have had their lives irrevocably modified by ice hockey, and younger girls 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 assist!
The fact is, that with the intention to carry on altering lives through hockey, we want your assist. We need to maintain our momentum rising. Your assist is essential to our continued success.
There are in-need communities in each nook of the globe, and we’re completely positioned to assist them, whether or not it’s within the US, Canada, Eire, India, China, Korea, Kenya, Morocco, Chile or Argentina (to call just some). We will even assist some penguins in Antarctica, if given the possibility!
Whether or not it’s to move tools, guarantee our coaches are nicely educated, purchase books to donate to varsities, or just maintain our web site operational, guaranteeing 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 assist!
To this finish, we have arrange a brand new fundraiser through ActionSprout to assist us begin this hockey season robust, and as we do, we’ll remember to share our progress with you! You’ll be able to entry it on our HowHockeyHelps web page (the place you too can see a SlideShare presentation I made in New Brunswick earlier this summer season on How Hockey Helps), in addition to on our Fb web page.
Please think about supporting and assist us change lives and share happiness, one puck at a time!
Adam Sherlip, Govt Director, Founder & Head Coach