Jason York and Frank Hoffman reviewing some of the donations to the Equipment Giveaway.

The initiative by Kemptville Canadian Tire, the Kemptville 73’s, and the Kemptville District Minor Hockey Association to collect good used sports equipment on behalf of young people in the community who would otherwise not be able to participate in their favourite sport, has produced some great results.

Frank Hoffman, owner of out local Canadian Tire Store, had set up a hockey net in the vestibule of the store where people could drop off used hockey equipment. Frank, and the 73’s, were really delighted with the response of the people of the community. The co-owners of the Kemptville 73’s, Paul Le Breux, Joe Jefferies, and Jason York, had headed the initiative, along with Frank Hoffman, and were delighted with the outcome. The equipment give-away was a success, and between 15 and 20 families were supplied with previously loved equipment for their kids. The organisers of the drop-off and giveaway plan to repeat the exercise, given the success of this first round.

Jason York at the Free Hockey Skills session he ran for Novice and Atom age kids from North Grenville. There were 30 kids at the session – boys and girls – they all came out smiling and sweaty!

“We’re going to do another give-away event at some point in September to coincide with the KDMHA hockey sort outs to hopefully give away the remaining equipment”.

The kids who received the equipment no longer have to worry about that initial cost of buying the expensive equipment needed to play the game.

Congratulations to Frank, the 73s and the KDMHA for a truly creative initiative, and best wishes for the next round in September. The home opener for the 73’s takes place on September 6, and kids get in to all games free.


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