This video was the fruits of many laborious hours (aka weeks) combing by means of months (aka years) of footage since my preliminary journey to the Himalayas in 2009. My unbelievable group at The Hockey Basis needed to ensure we did issues proper earlier than we have been lastly able to share what we contemplate 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.
Over time, an increasing number of coaches have joined in on this unbelievable journey to alter lives by way of hockey, and we have all seen first-hand that hockey does certainly assist. We at all times took photographs 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 practically 100 occasions as our group put it collectively, and on every viewing I reminisced fondly over the entire experiences I’ve had, the folks 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, but it surely’s not all enjoyable and video games on a regular basis.
It takes an amazing period of time, power and cash to attain what we have achieved up to now, similar to:
- donating tons of of books to colleges in Ladakh with our academic accomplice ILSC
- donating hundreds of items of kit to hockey applications round India
- encouraging and supporting ladies hockey in India to the purpose that India fielded their first womens’ nationwide group in 2016
- organizing an historic recreation in Brampton, Ontario for the mens’ nationwide group to appreciate how far more they’ll accomplish with onerous work
- watching many of those gamers change into coaches, referees and leaders of their communities
- advising on new rink building and gear importation/distribution to assist entry to the sport
I take into consideration guys in India like Abdul Hakim (my assistant coach for Workforce India for quite a lot 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 ladies in Ladakh have an equal alternative to excel on the recreation, an initiative we’re proud to assist!
The fact is, that in an effort to carry on altering lives by way of hockey, we’d like your assist. We wish to preserve 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 or not it’s within the US, Canada, Eire, India, China, Korea, Kenya, Morocco, Chile or Argentina (to call just some). We are able to even assist some penguins in Antarctica, if given the prospect!
Whether or not or not it’s to move gear, guarantee our coaches are properly educated, purchase books to donate to colleges, 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 gear, volunteered their time, and most significantly, to the folks we coach and assist!
To this finish, we have arrange a brand new fundraiser by way of ActionSprout to assist us begin this hockey season robust, and as we do, we’ll be sure you share our progress with you! You may 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 contemplate supporting and assist us change lives and share happiness, one puck at a time!
Adam Sherlip, Govt Director, Founder & Head Coach