PuCKS "Keeps kids in school using hockey as the tool"
PuCKS promotes education & literacy. Ice hockey the incentive. Hockey is Canada's national past time. Simple as that!
Children in British Columbia (ages 6-18) who have needs relating to money, behvioral challenges &/or newly resettled to Canada are invited to become a PuCKS Hockey Scholar.
PuCKS works closely with Business, Government, Non-Government Organizations, Health and Education to achieve its vision. University students and elite athletes volunteer & mentor PuCKS scholars ~ on the ice and in Lit-Fit (PuCKS Homework & Literacy Division).
These young adult role-models are invaluable to the PuCKS Program: They inspire. They encourage. They make success in school, sports & life ~ achievable.
Registered Canadian Charity # 84877 0780 RR0001 (tax deductible receipts available)
Youth ages 10 – 18 with limited finances, behavioral needs, newly resettled to Canada
Hockey Registration Fees, Gear, Supplies, On & Off ice tutoring & instruction
Lit-Fit (5 hours per week ~ Wed & Thursdays ~ after school Literacy & Homework Program)
University student mentorship model: Health Promotion, Community Development & Research
Accountability Contract (mandatory annual submission) that includes:
a) Success Story
b) Goal setting re: Education, Hockey & Community
c) Volunteer hours
d) School achievements
To move the PuCKS Program into all communities throughout British Columbia.
Currently, PuCKS is piloting in Langley & Aldergrove, BC.
Founded in August 2005 by Connie Klimek who teaches Health Promotion and Community Development in a Canadian BSN Nursing Program. Connie strongly believes that kids are the building blocks of healthy communities and that no child should be left without the tools they need to be successful in life.
“Using sport to enhance education & literacy is powerful. Sport & education can positively shape (and re-direct) individual lives. Strong individuals make strong communities. Strong communities are PuCKS foundation. By pulling together, little dreams are made into big realities; empowerment is promoted; and, kids can achieve their full potential ~ life-long.” (Connie Klimek, 2007)