Markham Minor Hockey Association

July 11, 2011 17:28 ET

"Yes! You Can Play" Program from Markham Minor Hockey Association Strives to Make Participation in Hockey Accessible to All

MARKHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 11, 2011) - The Markham Minor Hockey Association announced today a program designed to make their house league hockey program accessible to a broader group of Markham youth. The "Yes! You Can Play" program is a multi faceted outreach program that helps to remove the barriers to those who which to participate in this rewarding community activity.

"The house league hockey program in Markham helps kids to build important life skills including teamwork and self esteem. We felt that it was important to try to extend this opportunity to families that want to participate but face obstacles" said Darren Mori, Vice President of MMHA House League program. "These barriers may include financial, transportation, and level of comfort and knowledge about the game and its associated culture."

The MMHA is working with other community associations and private businesses to identify and attract families to the league that may benefit through participation. These organizations are active with youth at risk and new Canadians.

The Markham Minor Hockey Association, founded in 1965, runs competitive and house league ice hockey programs in the Town of Markham. In the 2010/11 season over 1,200 children, ages 4 through 20, participated. Many professional hockey players began their playing careers in MMHA programs, including Michael Del Zotto, Cameron Gaunce, Cody Hodgson, and Steven Stamkos.

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