StubHub Canada has gifted a $30,000 grant to Hockey 4 Youth to provide disadvantaged Canadian youths with increased access to ice hockey.

The funding will assist the expansion of Hockey 4 Youth’s services to new schools, as well as support current programming costs such as equipment and ice time for young participants.

The $30,000 (£23,000/€25,600)  grant will help young people in Toronto and Montreal learn Canada’s game as well as enrol in Hockey 4 Youth’s off-ice T.E.A.C.H. program (Technology, Entrepreneurship, Application, Community giving, Health active living).

“StubHub is committed to supporting the communities in which we operate and we believe all Canadians should have access to the sports they love,” said Cameron Papp, StubHub communications manager. “Hockey 4 Youth is a natural partner for us, as we can work together to enable Canadian youth to create meaningful connections with one another and learn important life skills through its unique programme.”

StubHub and Hockey 4 Youth held a launch event with Olympic gold medallist Vicky Sunohara, UAE hockey superstar Fatima Al-Ali, and Toronto Furies’ all-star Carlee Eusepi. The event saw young participants receive hockey equipment and run through hockey drills on the ice with the athletes.

“The partnership with StubHub will help us continue our mission to remove the economic and social barriers that prevent new Canadian youth from experiencing the joys of hockey,” said Moezine Hasham, co-founder and executive director of Hockey 4 Youth.

“According to a report by the Institute of Canadian Citizenship, 71 per cent of new citizens have an interest in hockey but only one per cent will have an opportunity to play the game. Our goal is to eradicate this gap.”

The StubHub Foundation supports grassroots non-profits that are focused on expanding access and opportunity for at-risk youth through sports, music and performing arts education programmes. Since its inception in 2012, the StubHub Foundation have dedicated more than $4m to support more than 50 organisations, globally.

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