Ottawa Senators Foundation continues to break down barriers to sport and activity


NHL and Ringside for Youth join the Ottawa Senators Foundation in officially opening the 15th SENS RINK

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators Foundation (@sensfoundation), in partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) and Ringside for Youth, officially opened the 15th SENS RINK (Recreational Investments in Neighbourhoods for Kids) in the Ottawa-Gatineau region as part of a legacy project derived from the 2017 NHL100 Classic outdoor game at the Tomlinson Family Boys & Girls Club Ottawa Clubhouse.

The Ottawa Senators Foundation is providing thousands of children and youth across the region with an opportunity to play while encouraging both physical and mental wellness. The Foundation has committed to build 20 outdoor rinks in neighbourhoods in Ottawa, Gatineau and the surrounding regions. The SENS RINK program is an ongoing commitment by the Ottawa Senators Foundation and Hockey Club to give families access to year-round activities, enabling the community to stay active and establish healthy routines.

“Registration fees, transportation and equipment costs are on the rise and are preventing kids from discovering the many benefits of activity and sport,” said Danielle Robinson, president and CEO, Ottawa Senators Foundation. “This new SENS RINK will eliminate those barriers and give kids a chance to learn about teamwork, leadership and fair play. These are skills they will use throughout their lives.”

Robinson joined the NHL’s vice-president of Sustainable Infrastructure & Growth Initiatives, Omar Mitchell, Sens Alumni member Chris Phillips, Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa Executive Director, Colleen Mooney, and Ringside for Youth chairperson Steve Gallant, to open the new rink.

“The National Hockey League is delighted to see this new SENS RINK open at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, which will give deserving children across the area the chance to come together to foster new friendships and enjoy the game of hockey,” said Kim Davis, NHL executive vice president, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs. “It’s vital to give back to local communities to make sure we’re engaging with them to foster opportunities for those who need it most.”

“Ringside for Youth is very proud of our partnership with the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and its Foundation,” said Steve Gallant, chairperson, Ringside for Youth “The new rink will be a great facility all year round. It will benefit children and families in this community and beyond.”

“The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa is thrilled to be the beneficiary of the NHL 100 Classic Legacy project,” said Colleen Mooney, executive director, Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa “This rink will double the physical activity space at the Tomlinson Family Clubhouse and will allow the Club to further engage with the community and maximize support for the vulnerable youth in this neighbourhood”.

The completion of the SENS RINK at Tomlinson Family Boys & Girls Club Ottawa Clubhouse marks the 15th of a 20 rink commitment the Ottawa Senators Foundation made in the Club’s 20th anniversary year. The new NHL 100 Classic SENS RINK in partnership with Ringside for Youth at the Boys and Girls Club will ensure the Debra Dynes community has resources in place that provides safe, fun and affordable activities for after-school, weekend and summer hours for local children and youth.

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Article by Brad Weir