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Used Hockey Equipment Donations Needed for PowerPlay

PowerPlay, a Calgary Police Service youth program, is now in its fifth season and is in need of good, used youth hockey equipment to support this bridge-building program.

Power Play is a program that enables youth with cultural or financial barriers that prevent them from playing hockey a chance to learn free of charge. The program is a partnership between Hockey Calgary and the Calgary Police Service. Hockey Calgary provides the ice time and volunteer coaches. The Calgary Police Service provides sworn members who volunteer their time to attend once per week and mentor youth on the ice.

“Earlier this month, a good samaritan brought two sets of youth equipment to the District 7 office to donate to the program,” said Constable Jason Schneider. “I brought the equipment to Constable Rayn Boyko and we started talking about hosting an equipment drive.”

In the past five years, 250 youth, aged nine to 17, have attended the program, giving them the opportunity to learn how to skate while interacting with Calgary police officers in a safe and supportive environment.

“We’re in need of more than 25 sets of equipment,” said Power Play Coordinator, Constable Boyko. “We especially need skates, helmets and gloves.”

The community is asked to bring in good, used youth hockey equipment to any district office until Wednesday, Dec. 16.

*Due to the nature of the donations, tax receipts will not be issued. PowerPlay is a CPS program funded by the Calgary Police Foundation.

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