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Free hockey program to help at-risk youth

There’s a new mentorship program in Calgary.

Building self-esteem and teaching kids how to succeed at home, in school and in the community are just some of the parts of a new three-year partnership between the Calgary Flames Foundation for Life and the Hockey Education Reaching Out Society, also known as HEROS.

HEROS Manager of Programs Kevin Hodgson said it will be delivered through a free hockey program in Bowness and offered to youth in Grades 4-7 living in low-income families.

“I’m not just talking about the kids whose family can’t afford the registration, we’re talking about the families who can’t get their kids there,” he said. “What the kids figure out very quickly is we’re not there for the hockey part, we’re there for the mentorship and the relationship building and really hockey is just the activity that we share. ”

Over 35 kids will take part in the weekly program each year.