Toronto, ON – The Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) is proud to announce they are the recipients of a 2016 Ontario Trillium Federation (OTF) Grant. This OTF Grant will enable the CWHL to partner with female hockey associations across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and surrounding communities to launch the CWHL Clinic Series and Mentorship Program.
Throughout the 2016/17 Season, the Toronto Furies will partner with six female hockey associations to deliver instructional clinics. Players from the Furies will lead these clinics, giving female hockey players the opportunity to interact with the game’s best while improving their hockey skills.
On Saturday, the Furies recognized these six associations by inviting each of them to take part in a Ceremonial Puck Drop prior to their game against Les Canadiennes de Montreal. Joining Natalie Spooner and Marie-Philip Poulin at centre ice were:
Rhys, Player, Etobicoke Dolphins
Jennifer Smith, President, Leaside Wildcats
Maria Jacko, President, Mississauga Girls Hockey League
Carrie Grayson, Manager House League, North York Storm
Bob Pujo, President, Oakville Hornets
Lisa Clarke, Sponsor Rep, Scarborough Sharks
In conjunction with the Clinic Series, the CWHL is introducing a Mentorship Program for girls in bantam, midget and intermediate divisions. The goal of the Program is to create role models and build relationships between teams and age groups within each association.
At each CWHL run clinic, senior players from the Bantam, Midget and Intermediate divisions will assist the Furies in coaching their younger membership. This Mentorship Program is aimed to help female hockey players to learn leadership skills, as well as the importance of giving back and fostering the dreams of the future generations to play the game after them.
The Ontario Trillium Federation supports organizations that strive to create and sustain healthy and vibrant communities. Accordingly, the Ontario Trillium Federation Grant will fund the CWHL Clinic Series and Mentorship Program with the goal of encouraging female youth to remain in organized hockey, while also lowering female youth dropout rates.
Through the funding of the 2016 Ontario Trillium Federation Grant, the CWHL aspires to lessen the percentage of female youth dropping out of minor hockey by building personal relationships between CWHL players and rising female hockey stars.