COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on local youth sports and, for the Richmond Jets Minor Hockey Association, it has meant an entire season with virtually no games.
However, the club’s coaches and players have not let the pandemic hamper their tremendous community spirit.
This year, the Jets sold over 400 pink t-shirts in support of Pink Shirt Day, a national day of awareness in support of anti-bullying programs.
Sales of the t-shirts and donations from generous sponsors generated just over $7,300 which will be donated to the Kids Help Phone.
“For this year’s campaign, we chose the ‘You Are Not Alone’ slogan, in recognition of how difficult and isolating this pandemic has been on many people,” says Eric Bernal, president of the Jets.
“Our members have a strong sense of community and giving back is an important part of our minor hockey culture. We are glad that we are able to help out, especially through this difficult time.
Bernal said having the kids out on the ice and being able to “skate and practice with friends has been one of the few activities that our kids have been able to participate in during this pandemic.
“It’s been important for their mental and physical health. We are grateful to the City of Richmond and our amazing coaches and volunteers for making this season happen and helping to keep our kids active, healthy, and safe.”