We all have to chip in
As I am sure everyone is aware, the holidays are just around the corner.
In some corners of the TrinityConception- Placentia region, it wouldn’t surprise me to learn that the Christmas season is already in full swing.
Undoubtedly, there will be many a young lad or lass tearing into their presents on Christmas morning with the hopes of unwrapping a new piece of hockey equipment.
Whether it will be a new helmet, pair of gloves, skates or a new stick, there will be a new piece to show off come the next practice.
Johnny or Julie will enthusiastically call their friends gushing over their new piece of hardware.
They’ll use it around the house more times than they can count in an attempt to get used to their new gear.
But, what happens to the equipment that is forgotten and unwanted.
Oh, it’ll probably end up in some dank, dark corner of the basement or the closet. There it will gather dust, only to be joined by other pieces of old, unwanted equipment the following Christmas and the Christmas after that.
Of course, it’s not limited to the holidays. It’ll happen on birthdays, Easters and prior to the new hockey season as well.
Meanwhile, Billy down the street has no hockey equipment to open on Christmas morning.
It’s not because he doesn’t love hockey, because believe me he does. Billy’s favourite team is the Toronto Maple Leafs. He watches every game, hanging on each word spoken by Hockey Night in Canada’s Don Cherry.
Billy knows the stats of every player and his favourite player is Dion Phaneuf.
He’d love the opportunity to lace his skates up and dash down the wing like many of his hockey heroes.
If Billy loves the game so much, why doesn’t he play it?
It’s simple, really. His parents can’t afford to pay both the registration and buy the equipment necessary.
They could pick it up second hand, but then it will still cost a small fortune to outfit Billy properly.
That’s not a knock against his parents, it’s just hockey is as an expensive sport. Not everyone can afford to play it.
Surely, you all know that though. Every year, we are inundated with the visage of children who look longingly at a perfect sheet of ice, hoping to play someday.
Canadian Tire will show us commercials of its Jump Start program.
But, there’s more to be done and here’s where the used equipment comes in.
Each minor hockey association has a minor hockey room where it keeps a small selection of used equipment.
This gear is available to any player should they need it. It could be a full set of goalie gear, doesn’t matter, it’s there for the player’s disposal.
However, why does the collection have to be small?
Why can’t we all pitch in and make sure that used equipment gets to the stadium? You don’t need it anymore. Instead of trying to make a quick buck, make sure a needy family does not have to spend all of theirs to give their child a chance to play.