Jumpstart program gets big boost in Digby with $11,834 donation from Maritime NHL'ers

Published on January 30, 2017

A donation of $11,834 was made to the Canadian Tire Jumpstart program from the Maritime NHL’ers during a presentation in Digby on Jan. 26.

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DIGBY, N.S. – The Canadian Tire Jumpstart program in Digby has gotten a huge boost from the Maritime NHL’ers with a donation of $11,834 to the program.

The Jumpstart program helps kids access sports by providing financial assistance with such things as registration, equipment and transportation.
Since 2005, Jumpstart has dispersed more than $100,000 and helped 897 kids in the Annapolis/Digby Jumpstart chapter.
This new funding will help even more kids.
In addition to the cheque presentation that took place at the Digby Canadian Tire on Jan. 26, there were cheque presentations made in Moncton and PEI that same day, for an overall $70,000 contribution to Jumpstart by the NHL’ers group.

 “We set up the foundation based on three principles,” explained Larry Belliveau in making the Digby presentation. “The first one was to help eliminate some of the financial barriers that keep kids from playing minor hockey. As you know it’s probably one of the most expensive sports you can have.”

Maritime NHL’ers raise money through a charity golf tournament and live auction that rotates annually from Nova Scotia to New Brunswick to PEI. More than 130 minor hockey players are always invited to take part in the tournaments.

Belliveau said the Maritime NHL’ers also want to provide youth with role models and through the golf tournaments and to give them an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives. This is another of the principles the foundation was founded on.

“I think if you have talked to any of the kids who have participated in the past you’ll find that that’s true,” he said.

Belliveau also said a goal of the Maritime NHL’ers is to raise the profile of past, present and future NHL’ers.

“We have a very rich tradition of hockey players here in the Maritimes. While it may not be a large portion of the population, a lot of our players are making a mark in the NHL,” he said.

Will a kid helped through Jumpstart one day crack the NHL as well?

Time will tell.