Lloydminster U13 Female Blazers win the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup

Official: The Lloydminster U13 Girls Blazers have won the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup.

The team is among twelve finalists seeking to raise $100,000 to meet a vital need in their community, and promote inclusion in the sport of hockey. This young blazer chose to work on physical accessibility, after being inspired by the father of one of the team members.

After learning that he was facing a game-watching challenge because the local arena wasn’t as accessible as his wheelchair needed, they took it upon themselves to submit the video into the race for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup, a national contest to support local teams doing great things. The team, coaching crew, family and friends also spent weeks spreading the word to the community through community events and advocating for a barrier-free two-province Ice Hockey Arena.

At a star-studded local ceremony that aired on Hockey Night in Canada and featuring local dignitaries, Olympians and friends from all walks of life, the girls shine the brightest upon learning that they have won the Cup of Good Deeds. A check for $100,000 was also awarded to the team, which they then gave to Inclusion Lloydminster to upgrade in the existing arena and the new Lloydminster Place arena, which is scheduled to be completed in 2025.

The great Canadian hockey player Caroline Ouellete [top]Sarah Nurse [middle] and Tyler McGregor [bottom} congratulate the U13 Girls Blazers on their Good Deeds Cup win. [Dan Soul, 106.1 The Goat]

Left winger Rose Tindall and defender Maddi Drobot were among teammates to receive the award, and said apart from the impact of their success, another positive was the understanding they had gained over the years.

“Our community has supported us since the beginning, and now we can have an accessible arena in reality.” Tindall explained.

“Before we did this, none of us really knew much about [physical accessibility,] but then we were told about it and we realized this is a serious situation happening across the country.” Drobo added.

Elyssa Dunbar, who has been behind the bench with the Blazers, said she loved watching the girls grow while working to win the Good Deeds Cup.

“It’s amazing to see them working together and having the community support. They have put a lot of time and effort into this, and seeing them win is great because they really deserved it.”

Among the Good Deeds Cup Ambassadors congratulating the girls on the announcement were two-time Sledge Hockey World Champion and Paralympic Medal Winner Tyler McGregor. McGregor noted that inclusion needs to be approached holistically in all its aspects, and hockey can be the thing that brings people together if work like the Blazers continues.

“I think every child, regardless of their circumstances, should have every opportunity to grow and be able to come into the arena and be able to access it, whether they want to play or want to watch. It is a sport that brings everyone together and teaches us a lot about life. I think hockey goes beyond something we fell in love with when we were young.”

The Lloydminster U13 Blazer not only made history in our community, it made history for the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup Nationwide. With this award, The Blazers became the first women’s-only team to win the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup. That resonated with Four-Time Olympic Gold Winner and Ambassador Caroline Ouellette, who was among those helping to reward the girls for their win and celebrating their plans to make the arena accessible to everyone.

“What I love about this program is that it really builds future leaders. Through their actions, they realize it doesn’t matter if they are eleven or twelve, they can really make an impact in their community.”

Fellow Ambassador Sarah Nurse, who also won gold at the last Winter Olympics for hockey, also shared this sentiment about the team and their future.

“This team, this year at Lloydminster, have been so inspiring. I think I was inspired, they have inspired not only their community but the whole country. To take the idea, to make hockey more accessible and more inclusive for everyone and be able to actually do it in their community, they will be the leaders. Not just in Lloydminster, but all over Canada.”

The day was also not without surprising announcements. Ross Ulmer, owner of the local Chevy dealer that bears his name, after being inspired by the girls, vowed to double the donations. Now, $100,000 from the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup will go directly to local initiatives, with another $100,000 from Ulmer Chevrolet going to Inclusion Canada to push causes like Lloydminster’s U13 Girls Blazers across the country.

Tami Smith, Lloydminster’s President of Inclusion, said this was an amazing campaign to watch and make a difference not only today, but long term into the future.

“The fact that these girls have come together, competed, and raised this money and donated it to us is incredible. We will, of course, partner with the City of Lloydminster, and we want to ensure our new arena [Lloydminster Place] is the most inclusive in Canada.”

In addition to national prizes and features, teams will now be engraved on the Chevrolet Good Deeds Cup to commemorate their contribution to their community years from now.

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