One factor I am supremely happy with is how our program grew yearly, principally as a result of arduous work of those people. We coached extra gamers in additional communities, donating extra gear within the course of (thanks partly to the help we obtained from Solar Life Monetary). We received to learn the way hockey adjustments lives for thus many individuals in Ladakh, in Shimla, in Delhi, and everywhere in the world. Our volunteer coaches lives have been modified by way of the experiences that they had, the impression they made and the relationships they constructed. Hockey in India actually is approaching a tipping level. New neighborhood rinks are being constructed yearly, indoor services are being deliberate, gear importation/distribution corporations are being former and numerous the gamers I’ve coached since 2009 have gotten the following technology of hockey leaders in India: coaches, officers, referees, and so on.
However one factor that has been clear for a very long time: this system must adapt. Issues have been and are going to vary.
Because the core group of myself, Alex and Antoine get into our superior years (none of us are 35 but), all of us must spend time specializing in our lives at residence, which have typically been sacrificed for the advantage of The Hockey Basis and the communities we help.
For myself, I used to be married simply over a yr in the past and am settling in a brand new residence in a brand new metropolis (in a brand new nation). Alex is about to have his first baby. Antoine has simply moved in to a brand new residence and has an toddler to deal with as nicely. In brief, all of us have private lives outdoors of THF that require our consideration, and that is offering an excellent alternative for The Hockey Basis to proceed to adapt because it grows.
Whereas we is not going to have 10 coaches scattered round India like we did in January-February of 2016, we could have two nice representatives of THF on the bottom for a few month, with a handful of oldsters becoming a member of them throughout that point.
- Alexis Daudelin (from Montreal), whom we met final season whereas within the Himalayas, will probably be returning to Ladakh for a 2nd time to educate
- Corey Adams (from Lengthy Island), whom was the hard-working editor that produced the “How Hockey Helps” video will probably be on the ice and behind the digicam
We’ll share a bit extra about their plans and the group that will probably be becoming a member of them in a future submit (this one’s lengthy sufficient as it’s). Antoine and I are (and will probably be) managing the India program from North America, collaborating and planning with our companions in India to make sure that Alexis and Corey are nicely taken care of and set as much as succeed. They’ll after all donate hockey gear to in-need communities/packages, in addition to donate containers of books to completely different faculties round Ladakh, in collaboration with ILSC (once more, extra particulars in subsequent posts).
Past the real-life circumstances that require this adaptation on behalf of our devoted crew, it additionally permits us to develop a course of that allows The Hockey Basis to help extra international locations concurrently, if we are able to handle packages remotely. This in flip might help us hold prices low, which permits extra packages to be funded. Fundraising is the hardest a part of what we do, and we’re making each effort to alleviate bills wherever potential.
After all, nothing is free, and our programming nonetheless does have prices related to them as a way to hold operating.
So, I am going to shut with a easy request to assist us be sure that Corey and Alexis have a easy journey.
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Warmest regards, comfortable holidays & comfortable new yr!
Govt Director & Founder