The Adam Herold Legacy Foundation is planning to expand its hockey camps into a third community.
The Hockey and Leadership Development program provides opportunities to Saskatchewan youth to develop and refine not only their hockey skills, but also their leadership potential.
Applications are being accepted from communities to host the 2020-21 edition of the program.
The foundation, created to honour Adam Herold, the youngest player killed in the Humboldt bus accident, provides top trainers for skill development, physical and mental training, coaching development and ongoing support for hockey programs in rural communities.
While hockey skills are an important part of the program, the camps also focus on teaching players about being leaders in their communities and the importance of giving back. Adam was noted as always being willing to help others to make his community and province a better place. All participants are asked to complete volunteer work in their communities as part of the leadership training.
“We just completed our second season of these camps and the experience so far has been remarkable,” said Russell Herold, Adam’s dad. “The communities, hockey associations, parents and kids have really embraced the leadership element of the program, which is really a key goal for us.
“We really try and emphasize with the kids that being a good person, doing the right thing and helping others are attributes that will make a difference, no matter where their future takes them.”
The initial camps took place in Balcarres and Gravelbourg and this past season the Foundation conducted a joint program for Alameda and Torquay as well as in Preeceville.
The Foundation will be selecting three communities to host the camps for the 2020-21 season, each with three full days of hockey and leadership development. The events are a joint effort between the Foundation and host communities. Communities are responsible for arranging and providing ice and classroom facilities, co-ordinating registration and providing other support as required and the Foundation provides highly qualified coaches, instructors and other resources for the two weekend sessions.
“We are looking forward to the next season and bringing the leadership program to an additional community,” Herold said. “It’s been a lot of work but when parents and coaches tell us they are noticing some positive changes from the players, especially after the leadership sessions, it’s all worth it.”
Communities interested in applying for the camps can visit the Foundation’s website at adamheroldlegacyfoundation.ca, the Foundation’s Facebook page or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2020.