MONTREAL – On May 29, the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and the YM-YWHA in collaboration with National Bank are presenting the fifth edition of the Hockey de Rue – Together for the Kids street hockey tournament. The event, which has already raised over $1 million since its inception, will benefit underprivileged kids and will once again include the participation of the Montreal Canadiens Alumni in a Legends game, in addition to Habs team mascot Youppi! For the third year, with the help of corporate sponsors, seven youth teams from the BLEU BLANC BOUGE communities will play in their own tournament.
“National Bank has a long tradition of supporting the communities it serves and often partners with key players to do so. The Bank is proud to support the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation and the YM-YWHA for the fifth edition of the Hockey de Rue "Together for the Kids" tournament. Through our efforts we are able to offer kids a brighter and healthier future,” said Pierre Laboursodière, regional vice-president, sales and services, personal banking, Central Montreal.
“What’s interesting about Hockey de Rue is that it’s an event where adults and children are active in raising funds for the growth of activity programs both through the MCCF and through the YM-YWHA,” said Robert Oringer, Honorary Chair and co-chairman of AMG Medical.
The Tournament will be played in Côte-des-Neiges across five rinks on Westbury Avenue in front of the YM-YWHA. Teams will play in two divisions: Recreational and Competitive - with amazing prizes up for grabs for the tournament winners and the top fundraisers. For more information, please visit the Hockey de Rue Tournament website www.hockeyderue.com.
About the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation
The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation is determined to provide a better and healthier future for children in need. Since its inception in August 2000, the Foundation has donated over $20 million to 697 charitable endeavors throughout the province of Quebec working for the well-being of underprivileged children. The Foundation fulfills its mandate in two ways: first, through a unique flagship project – the BLEU BLANC BOUGE program - which consists of building community refrigerated and multisport rinks; secondly by providing financial support to organizations whose projects and programs enable children to adopt healthy lifestyles by being more active.
About the YM-YWHA
The YM-YWHA (the Y) provides quality services to promote the social, cultural, recreational, physical and intellectual needs of over 10,000 members, users and guests. The organization reaches out to all age groups, focusing on children, youth and young adults. The Y encourages health and wellness by offering membership subsidies to underprivileged kids and their families to stay physically active and connected. With a policy of “no one denied access” regardless of ability to fully pay, the Y removes barriers and provides access to services designed to help youth reach their potential.
$244,000 raised during the Hockey de rue "Together for the Kids" Tournament