About Hockey Without Borders (HSF)
How It Works
More than Hockey
Hockey Without Borders is a registered non-profit organization established to affect positive change in the lives of children and youth by using the values of hockey to promote health, development and peace. We believe that sport can foster health, integration, volunteerism, leadership and cooperation which are essential to the well-being and development of children and communities.
How it works?
We develop our partnerships by creating a personal relationships with local organizations in the host community. We travel to those communities to meet everyone involved and determine if it would be a suitable arrangement for our coaches. Then, our team actively recruits young, qualified volunteer coaches for the available positions.
Why Hockey Without Borders?
Our approach is unique in that it is hands on. Instead of sending equipment or money, we focus on sending coaches abroad to live and volunteer in the community where they organize grassroots initiatives, and engage in local clinics. They become community leaders, mentors and friends to the participants in the local program. We believe that in the long run, this will have a much more profound impact.
More than hockey
Although our primary focus is placing qualified volunteer coaches to help support and develop local programs, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance the value and impact of our program. One way we do this is by building relationships which in turn help break down barriers.
For example, our coaches organize exchanges between the players from Serbia and Bosnia for weekend tournaments. We hosted six of our friends from Subotica, Serbia in Montreal for a hockey camp where they lived with local Serbian families, met Novak Djokovic, toured the city and made many friends. This initiative emphasized the notion that his program is about more than just hockey.