The Blackfalds Bulldogs are looking to make an impact off the ice before they’ve even hit the ice.
Wednesday, Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools announced that St. Gregory the Great Catholic School has partnered with the new Alberta Junior Hockey League franchise, which will begin play in the fall of 2021.
The team will aim to help players connect with students through mentorship programs, academic tutoring and class presentations starting in September.
The Bulldogs are looking to offer the Pick Up Grades (PUG) program where the students, in partnership with the Bulldogs, will work on setting academic goals and work together with the students to meet those goals.
“This is an incredible opportunity for our students to bring our Catholic virtues of social justice and support to our community through our students and staff,” said Josh Keith, the vice principal at St. Gregory the Great Catholic School.
“We want to help develop a joy of charity and giving back to our community within our students. We believe in developing citizens that want to support and help those around them when faced with challenging circumstances, and we believe that starts in school.”
Dustin Moore, the executive director of the Bulldogs Foundation said that it’s important for players and the team to give back whenever possible.
“This is an amazing opportunity for our athletes to come and make a positive impact in our youth and in our community,” he said.
“We, the organization and athletes alike, are excited about the opportunity to work with this great school to continue to grow the supportive culture found in the Town of Blackfalds.”