Students Learn From the Best

Photo of the blog author By Constable Randall Arsenault,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 6 a.m. January 12, 2016

Members of the police/school board hockey academy had a chance to play and learn from a very special guest before school.

A woman in hockey uniform holds a medal in front of a child in hockey uniform on a rink as other kids kneel watching on
Olympic gold medalist Jenn Wakefield shows off her hardware from the 2014 Olympics to kids in the ER14 hockey program
  • A woman in hockey uniform holds a medal in front of a child in hockey uniform on a rink as other kids kneel watching on
  • A group of a people in hockey uniform on a rink
  • Two women and three men stand in front of an ice rink

Olympic Gold Medalist Jenn Wakefield, a member of Team Canada in the Women's Hockey 2014 Olympics joined students from the ER14 Hockey Academy on the ice on January 11.

The Academy is made up of 30 boys and 30 girls in Grade Five from schools in Scarborough who have never played hockey before and are taught by teachers and police officers within their community. The morning was week five of eight and the students have shown amazing improvements and eagerness to learn. We are so happy to be a part of this program.

Canadian Tire Jumpstart helps provide the equipment for the kids and allows the students to keep their skates and helmets. Anyone who signs up for a hockey program gets to keep the rest of the equipment.

Each of the elementary schools nominates three to four kids to the program that are looking for more exercise or have never been given the chance to play hockey.

Superintendent John Chasty, of the Toronto District School Board, contacted Toronto Police to help build the relationship between police and youth, and make long-term connections.

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