WINNIPEG, MB – The Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) is excited to announce a new partnership with APTN.
The MJHL and APTN are teaming up to help share the importance of inclusivity in the game of hockey through the APTN Hockey Hopes Program.
Each MJHL team will make two virtual school visits to First Nation and non-First Nation schools in their region, where players will read to a classroom, share the importance of inclusivity in hockey and answer questions from the curious students.
“Children are especially feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we’re delighted to team up with the MJHL for this unique initiative,” said Monika Ille, CEO of APTN. “We look forward to seeing the APTN Hockey Hopes Program foster inclusivity, connection, inspiration and generate well-being among the students and players alike.”
Hundreds of young Indigenous men from across Canada have taken to the ice in the MJHL over the years and continue to greatly contribute to the success of the league. No matter your ethnicity, religion, socio-economic background or sexual orientation, the MJHL prides itself on ensuring an inclusive atmosphere for all players and their families.
“We are honoured to partner with APTN in the creation of the MJHL APTN Hockey Hopes Program. The range of benefits this program will bring to hundreds of kids throughout the province is very rewarding as we appreciate and embrace the amazing diversity within the MJHL and the Province of Manitoba,” said Kevin Saurette, MJHL Commissioner.
For more information about APTN, visit their website: www.aptn.ca