Sun Life Financial announced yesterday that it has partnered with the Montreal Canadiens to create a one-of-a-kind hockey camp made especially for children living with type one diabetes.
The initiative is part of the Montreal Canadiens Hockey School program, presented by Le Dindon du Québec. The sports camp will be facilitated in collaboration with sports education program Dskate.
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The hockey camp “will provide children impacted by this disease the opportunity to learn the game of hockey and how to best manage their disease on and off the ice,” a release said. It will take place at the Bell Sports
Complex from August 21 to 25. Participants in the camp “will be monitored by hockey instructors, medical staff, kinesiology professionals and nutritionists all specialized in emergency intervention and hockey coaching.”
“We are very grateful for Sun Life Financial’s support, because without them, this special edition hockey camp would not have been possible” said Montreal Canadiens executive director of Community Relations Geneviève Paquette. “We want to encourage children from all walks of life to learn the game of hockey and develop their physical skills. Thanks to the expertise provided by Dskate and the collaboration with Sun Life Financial, we are able to provide children living with type one diabetes the tools and skills they need to best manage their disease.”
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“Since we announced our support of diabetes in 2012, we’ve focused on diabetes awareness, prevention, care and research, with over $17 million committed to date,” stated Sun Life Financial Quebec president Robert Dumas. “We’re proud to continue our long-standing partnership with the Montreal Canadiens to provide children living with type one diabetes the chance to attend this hockey camp. This innovative collaboration will enable them to enjoy a unique sports experience and deepen their understanding of the disease in order to become more self-sufficient and knowledgeable in managing their health.”
According to data from the Canadian Paediatric Society, about 33,000 children between the ages of five and 18 are living with type one diabetes.
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