The program is really working on many levels. One that is very encouraging is that school attendance is up! Kids who know they get to play hockey after school — if they go to school — go to school!
Gerald Lue made a trip to the Ring of Fire, a part of Ontario so far north there are no roads in. He made contacts with educators throughout the region. He has set up a “Northern equipment swap for teachers”. Teachers throughout the region can put in their requests for equipment and what they need is distributed or loaned out to them (jerseys/clothing can be kept by the kids, but gear comes back to a central location after the school year is complete, unless a teacher knows for sure that he/she needs that specific equipment the following year) . So unlike the equipment in our garages, the gear is used year after year by different kids.
Gerald now has several Rotary clubs and at least 3 hockey associations (in Etobicoke alone) involved in this initiative.