Cst. Troy Miller was joined by staff at the Neighbourhood Resource Centre on Tuesday afternoon, where people came to give their children the opportunity to play Canada’s game – hockey.
The Sault Ste. Marie Police started handing out used hockey equipment that was donated at the Stick Up event they, in conjunction with the OPP, held in August. That event also raised funds to help pay team fees as well as the used equipment to help kids who otherwise wouldn’t be able to play.
Miller told SaultOnline they saw about 10-12 kids who were able to be dressed “head-to-toe in equipment” as well as a few kids who just needed a piece of equipment to complete their ensemble. He said they’re hoping to see more kids as the week goes on.
“I think it’s important that everybody, no matter of their financial capabilities is able to get involved in sport,” he said. “Recreation, team play and those lessons learned are very important and there are – let’s face it – a lot of barriers and a lot of cost involved in organized sport and we’re trying to remove those barriers.”
If you missed out on Tuesday, don’t fret! Miller said they’ll be handing out equipment at the Resource Centre at 138 Gore St. until it’s gone.