A $10 thousand dollar donation to local minor hockey will benefit underprivileged families.
This from Cranbrook Minor Hockey’s Jay Meisner after the association received a hefty cheque from the Kootenay ICE and Rotary Club on Monday.
Meisner says the money will make the game more accessible and affordable
“It allows us to [potentially] lower membership fees.” says Meisner. “It lets us try to have extra coaching [and] we have to buy a lot of equipment for kids in need.”
CMHA partnered with the Canadian Tire First Shift program this season which gives local families equipment who otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford it.
The program brought in a total of 20 new minor hockey players this winter.
Meisner says they hope to increase registration numbers and decrease the cost with the new injection of funds from the ICE and Rotary Club.
“The one thing with hockey is there’s a thought that there’s an increased cost to parents for kids to participate in minor hockey.” explains Mesiner. “We’d like to make it so it’s affordable for everyone to participate.”
There are currently 360 players enrolled in hockey in the Key City with registration costing parents up to $790.
– Jay Meisner, Cranbrook Minor Hockey Association
(Photo courtesy of Cranbrook Minor Hockey Association)