The Calgary Hitmen Foundation Community Restoration Program today announced the three finalists for its $50,000 grant.
Millarville Sports Association, Kenneth D. Taylor Playground and Children’s Village School Playground Project have all been selected to create a video showing why fans should cast a ballot for their project. The online voting period will take place from April 12-26 on HitmenHockey.com, with the community project receiving the most votes to be awarded the grant.
In February the program was unveiled, kicking off a six-week process for interested not-for-profit organizations or registered charities to submit an application.
Below is a detailed summary of the three finalists currently refurbishing an outdoor space or fundraising for a new project.
Millarville Sports Association – Rink Refurbishment
The Millarville Sports Association (MSA) is seeking the grant to upgrade its current outdoor rink. During the hockey season, the rink is used by seven teams involved in the biggest Pond Hockey League in Alberta, as well as by the Millarville Community School for skating on a daily basis. The rink is also available for community/public use and Adult Shinny on select nights. The MSA is volunteer run and relies on its community members to maintain the rink. This grant is going to be used to make improvements to the facility that includes new boards, a new scoreboard and deck/viewing area. A cement foundation is being added to allow for a longer season with less water required to start/maintain the ice and year-round use for both the Millarville School Outdoor Program and the MSA.
Kenneth D. Taylor Playground
Kenneth D. Taylor School will be using the grant to help build a playground that is fully wheelchair accessible and will provide sensory equipment making play an option for children with autism. Located in the NW quadrant of the city, in the heart of Evanston, this playground will be available to the highly diversified communities in the NW. The ability to include all children in play provides growth opportunities for not only youth with disabilities, but for the entire community. The integration of play spaces can create a cultural shift that destroys discriminatory attitudes. The benefit to the community of a space where all children can play has tremendous potential.
Children’s Village School Playground Project (Wood’s Homes)
The Children’s Village School is seeking funding for a playground upgrade including new accessible equipment and wood chips. Students use the playground for morning SPARK prior to school starting and throughout the day at recess, academic periods and after school. The playground provides a safe place for students to get physical exercise. In addition, it allows time to rejuvenate a student’s mind, helps with self-regulation, and serves as an outdoor classroom and year-round meeting place for the community. Our community of Renfrew is also home to a Boys and Girls Club that is two blocks from the school with access to the play space.
The Calgary Hitmen Foundation has been giving back to education and wellness programs in the community and surrounding area for over 15 years. The heart of the Foundation is the scholarship program which funds the post-secondary education of Hitmen players and alumni. In addition, support is provided to grassroots sport organizations and health initiatives including Camp Kindle through Kids Cancer Care Foundation, the Rainbow Society, CBE Fuel for School and Distress Centre’s ConnecTeen. To date, the Foundation has supported Calgary and area agencies with over $2.5 million.