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Minor Hockey teams in Alberta warm the hearts of their community

In the heart of Alberta, a small but mighty group of young Red Deer minor hockey team players laced up their skates for more than just the love of the game. They geared up for a different kind of challenge – one that involved giving back to their community in meaningful ways.

Among these spirited teams was the U11 KFC/Taco Bell Chiefs, who had thrown themselves into the ring of the eighth annual Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. It was not just about scoring goals or winning games; it was about making a real difference.

With the clock ticking towards the March 3 deadline, these young athletes wasted no time. Led by their dedicated team manager, Alyson McColl, they embarked on a series of altruistic endeavours that would warm the hearts of their community.

Their first stop was the Red Deer Food Bank, where they did not just lend a hand but brought their infectious energy and youthful spirit. Touring the facility, they gained a deeper understanding of the struggles faced by many in their city. Then, with sleeves rolled up and determination in their eyes, they set to work stocking shelves and preparing food packages, showing that even the smallest hands can make a significant impact.

But their goodwill did not stop there. The Chiefs also paid a visit to Crimson Villas, a home for seniors seeking independent living. Here, they traded in their hockey sticks for bingo cards and spent an afternoon spreading joy and laughter among the residents. The bonds formed between the children and the seniors were undeniable, proving that age is no barrier to friendship and compassion.

As word of their deeds spread, the community took notice. McColl received a heartfelt phone call from Crimson Villas, praising the children for their kindness and leaving an impression on the residents. It was clear that these young athletes were not only making a difference but also learning valuable lessons about empathy, kindness, and the power of community.

But the Chiefs were not alone in their efforts. Throughout Red Deer Minor Hockey, other teams also stepped up to the plate. From food drives at the Red Deer Food Bank to crafting handmade cards for seniors, these young athletes showed that hockey is not just a sport – it is a platform for positive change.

As the deadline for the Good Deeds Cup drew near, the competition heated up. But for the children of Red Deer Minor Hockey, the real prize was not the $100,000 donation or the engraved cup – it was the joy of giving back and the knowledge that they had made a difference in the lives of those around them. And in the end, that is a victory worth celebrating.

Source: Red Deer Advocate