Unihockey Canada, Inc
Four Lions Clubs in the Edmonton Area
join forces to promote unihockey in the schools.
In the 2002-2003 school year, Lions Club of Edmonton
Foundation started a unihockey program in six city centre
schools. The schools participated in a week long introduction, where after
they formed their own training groups and teams. In May, the first Unihockey
Challenge Cup was played in McCauley School. After a day filled with
great efforts and good games, St. Basil School was the happy winner.
For the coming school year three additional Lions Clubs
have joined the program and a dozen new schools will be added to the
program this year.
If you are interested in learning more about the Lions
Club Unihockey Program, please contact Mr.
City Centre School Program
the 2002-2003 school year the Lions Club of Edmonton Foundation will start
a unihockey introduction program in six selected Edmonton City Centre
schools. The purpose of this program is to familiarize students, teachers
and parents with the internationally fast growing game of unihockey.
Through providing the students with an opportunity to learn and enjoy the
game, within the schools’ physical education sessions, and through
educating and mentoring the teachers, the Foundation hopes to
generate excitement about the game. This will lead to the forming of after
school programs, the establishment of school and/or community teams,
games, tournaments and leagues.
many families, in today’s Canada, it is financially not possible to
support their children to participate in traditional sports, such as ice
hockey and soccer. This is particularly the case in the city centres, and
is a big disadvantage for these children. Besides being locked out from
the obvious health benefits of participating in a sport, they also miss
the experience of being a member of a team and learning to work together.
Young ambitious athletes, with dreams and goals, will not have the
opportunity to strive for them, if the financial means are not there to
support their training. Too often, the alternative is resignation and
passivity, and in worse case scenarios, the substitute for a team could be
unihockey is not the whole solution, but could very well be a part of the
solution for some young boys and girls. Unihockey is a very inexpensive
sport. The teachers and parent volunteers working together and utilizing
the schools’ facilities and Lions Club’s participation in funding,
could even make it a “no cost sport” for many children. The more
people that join in, the more opportunities will be created and the more
children will fill their lives with an exciting activity. In other
countries with strong ice hockey traditions, unihockey has been enormously
effective in activating kids, unable to participate in the traditional
sports, as well as re-activating kids dropping out of other sports.
City Centre Unihockey Program consists of three steps:
Introduction week: A consultant will assist the
teachers in introducing the game to the students.
After school program: A teacher together with
volunteer parents will begin training sessions for interested
Tournament: The school will form active playing
teams and support their participation in tournaments.
is the Lions Club of Edmonton Foundation intention to invite all
Lions Clubs to participate in this program. Through this program they
hope to ignite a spark, that will spread a passionate fire, making
unihockey take on a life of its own, and one day all Canadian children
will have the opportunity to participate in this game. This is our
ambition. This is our dream. This is our goal. And just like in unihockey,
this goal can only be reached if we work together as a team. Schools and
teachers, parents and students, we all call on YOU to join the team!
Club of Edmonton Foundation
Lion Harold Grace