In collaboration with Sun Life Financial, the Montreal Canadiens are offering a one-week hockey camp for children with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). In order to ensure that a program is tailored with the health of these children in mind, the camp can count on the expertise of Dskate, which specializes in creating unique programs that combine hockey and diabetes-related education.
Teaching hockey skills and sharing knowledge about T1D, the camp will be conceptualized specifically for young diabetics and their families. It will bring together sports professionals who propose a unique approach to maximize talent development and the overall abilities of young players. It will also offer training sessions for participants and their parents on managing diabetes.
The camp will allow two groups of 50 kids each affected by Type 1 Diabetes to participate. Priority will be given to Quebec residents.
The camp includes:
- Ice time and access to a soccer field at the Bell Sports Complex.
- Lunch for all campers and coaching and support staff.
- Visits from players, alumni, and members of the Canadiens organization.
- Visits from Youppi!
- One jersey, one pair of socks, one T-shirt, and one pair of shorts for each participant.
- A souvenir photo and a certificate of participation for each child.
- Small gifts for the children.
- Practice structure adapted to T1D clientele – Dskate U Education program – On- and off-ice practice equipment.
- Coaches specialized in teaching hockey skills to children with T1D.
- Specialized monitoring material allowing parents to submit a daily report on a child’s diabetic information, the measurements and adjustments made, and the ingestion of carbohydrates.
- Medical personnel, nurses, kinesiologists, nutritionists specializing in T1D.
- Medtronic of Canada and Ascencia Diabetes Care kiosks.
- Dskate Ambassadors (young adults aged 17-24 who have participated in the program in the past and who serve as role models for participants).
- Conferences for parents: presentations by different specialists and opportunities to interact and discuss issues related to T1D (details to come).