RED DEER – The Hockey Alberta Foundation (HAF) is skating into 2023 with the Ladd Foundation through a $90,000 donation to support the 1616 program.
1616 is a 16-week mental, physical and social wellbeing experience for youth hockey teams. The first of its kind, this program is delivered virtually at no charge to participants. The focus is on equipping youth hockey players along with their coaches and caregivers, with the mental skills needed to help youth thrive on and off the ice.
“Growing up in Red Deer I have a strong understanding of the impact hockey can have on young Albertans,” said Brandy Ladd, co-founder of Ladd Foundation. “With the help of Alberta Hockey Foundation, we will be able to bring a proactive approach to giving kids, parents and coaches the resources and tools to face mental health challenges head on! We are incredibly grateful to Hockey Alberta for this support!”
Founded by the Ladd Foundation, 1616 launched its first full season of programming in October 2022 with 88 teams including nearly 3,500 players, parents/caregivers and coaches from across Canada and the United States. Alberta is currently 1616’s largest footprint, with 36 teams from across the province participating in the program.
“The Hockey Alberta Foundation recognizes the importance of mental wellness in youth hockey players across the province,” said Tim Leer, Executive Director of the HAF. “By providing funding to 1616, it’s our intent to give more kids the opportunity to learn how to comprehend and cope with the mental side of the game.”
Andrew and Brandy Ladd created 1616 to give mental fitness and wellbeing a more significant focus in youth hockey and to shift minor hockey culture to emphasize hockey performance as well as the development of connections, confidence and character.
For more information on the HAF visit hockeyalbertafoundation.ca or to learn more about 1616 and to register, visit 1616.org.
ABOUT THE HOCKEY ALBERTA FOUNDATION
The Hockey Alberta Foundation’s goal is to raise funds to provide EVERY KID in EVERY COMMUNITY the opportunity to play hockey in Alberta. We work in collaboration with partners to fund those who need us, invest in those who will lead us and honour those before us. For more information on the HAF or to make a donation, visit hockeyalberta.ca.