By Ida Koric, Rossland News
Society has a vague idea that team sports are a good thing for children to participate in, but few people have a solid grasp on just how good they are.
Research shows a child’s involvement in sport helps them to improve their social interaction, increase their confidence, and improve their listening skills and health. If that isn’t convincing enough, this fascinating statistic might do it: 95 per cent of Fortune 500 executives played sports in their teen years.
In addition to being Canada’s favourite pastime, hockey is a great sport for a town that finds itself locked in winter for six months of the year.
So we can agree, team sports are worthwhile, hockey is fun, and it’s a great option for something to do when it’s dark and cold outside. The only problem is, it isn’t the most affordable sport to play.
Enter a generous Rossland resident who seeks to share their love of the game with children who may not otherwise get the opportunity.
This individual, who wishes to remain anonymous, is donating the cost of two registrations into the Children’s Co-Ed Hockey Program. This is the third year that this ‘scholarship’ has been in place.
Any family who feels that they are struggling financially is eligible to apply. The program is for boys and girls aged five to 10 years old.
Two winners will be chosen by draw on Oct. 8. Those wishing to enter can stop by the Rossland News office on Columbia to fill out an application.
Affordable hockey gear can often be found at the Rossland Thrift Shop, or by opportunists with a keen eye on the local classified boards.