Why we play

The Cause
The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA have teamed up to fulfill our shared goal of improving kids' lives. Hockey de Rue is a joint street hockey tournament benefiting underprivileged kids in Greater Montreal. Together we help kids realize their potential through vital programs that serve the local community.

The Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation and the YM-YWHA believe recreation facilities and resources should be accessible to everyone. Sports and recreation contribute to the development, health, wellness and self-confidence of youth, providing them with the building blocks for success. #hockeyderue

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 close to $17 million to 560 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 and eating better.

Bleu Blanc Bouge facts
Since the opening of our first outdoor rink in 2009, more than 200,000 people were active on the rinks located in the boroughs of Villeray St-Michel-Parc-Extension, Montreal-Nord, Verdun, LaSalle, Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and in the city of Longueuil. The implementation of this infrastructure has already helped provide nearly 30,000 hours of free access to high quality sports equipment for the children and citizens of the neighborhoods where they are located. Over 50,000 kids did so as part of a supervised activity either by their school or a community group. The Foundation also holds initiation to skating with the BLEU BLANC BOUGE IN ACTION 6-week program which offers over 200 elementary school children an opportunity to enjoy physical activities within an organized framework, to adopt healthy lifestyles, to socialize and to develop teamwork – all in a secure and safe environment.

The Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA: Purpose. Passion. Presence.

The Sylvan Adams 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 subsidizing youth team sports programs and by running a Teen Fitness & Wellness Program; whose aim is to help overweight or inactive teens incorporate healthy lifestyle practices into their daily lives through physical activity, proper nutrition and healthy life planning. The Y rewards athletic excellence with educational scholarships through the Jean Beliveau Athlete of the Year award.

The Y offers 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.

The Y has a unique Special Needs Department specifically designed to develop and deliver leisure and recreational services to children, youth and adults with special needs and to include them in life at the Y. Programming includes day camps, swimming and art programs. Further, the buddy and shadow programs allow special needs youngsters to enjoy the full spectrum of the Y’s activities.

A cornerstone of the Y’s family is the Harry Bronfman Y Country Camp - a place where campers and counselors join together to build friendships and memories that last a lifetime. It provides a friendly, supportive and cooperative atmosphere that fosters self-esteem and independence through sports, arts, nature and outdoor adventures. Campers are encouraged to make new friends, try new activities, develop new skills, and have fun!

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