The Big Assist Program is the CHG’s first on-ice community initiative, providing the opportunity for underprivileged children to be introduced to the sport of ice hockey through the CHG Learn to Skate Introduction and Advanced Programs.
Starting in September 2020 to April 2021, the Big Assist Program will take place at the only ice rink on Hong Kong Island - the Ice Palace, located at Cityplaza, Taikoo Shing on Saturday mornings from 7:30am - 8:15am and 8:15am - 9:00am.
The Big Assist Program allows for 20 under privileged children a brand-new exciting ice skating experience for an entire season; and encourage children to develop their confidence, communication skills and self- esteem through on-ice training.
Coaching for The Big Assist will be provided by Junior Tigers coaches, all whom play in the CIHL – Hong Kong’s first full contact, elite ice hockey league – and who have played hockey in university in Canada or the United States. Junior Tigers coaches also have extensive coaching experience at a youth level and are keen on giving back to a sport that has provided them with so much.
The Big Assist will focus on the fundamentals of ice skating and introduce participants to ice hockey to help them develop a solid foundation in the sport. The aim of the Big Assist is to promote self-esteem, learning, growth, teamwork and sportsmanship through ice hockey, regardless of economic circumstances.
There has been rapid growth of ice hockey in Hong Kong and the region, and with the recent NHL games in Shanghai and Beijing and the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing, the sport is expected to become even more popular. The Big Assist helps makes the sport accessible to children who would like to learn to play hockey, but do not have the financial means to do so.