Lawyers For Kids Charity Hockey Tournament in Support of the
Thursday, April 5, 2018
uOttawa Minto Sports Complex
Now heading into its 9th year, the Lawyers For Kids Charity Hockey Tournament – formerly the Jim O’Grady Memorial Tournament – promises to be another great day of comradery on the ice! The tournament was originally established to honour Jim O’Grady, who passed away in 2009. Jim was recognized as a “lawyer’s lawyer” by the legal community. He was passionate about hockey, his community, and was a longstanding member of the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region. As anyone who has participated in this great event could tell you, the spirit of the tournament is one of fun, community, and inclusivity.
While all are welcome to participate, the vast majority of players are lawyers, their relatives, and their staff. All proceeds raised by the tournament will go directly to the Y’s before and after school care programs. With 23% of Ottawa’s children living in poverty, the Y is increasingly called upon as a leader to provide on-site before and after school care in high risk, lower income communities – communities largely comprised of single-parent families, low income families, and those who are new to Canada. The Y helps these families bridge the critical caregiving gap between the school day and the end of the work day. For many working parents, this period of time is cause for concern as they strive to secure care that is safe, affordable, engaging, and accessible. With your generous support, we can continue to provide subsidies to families who need it most, in order to ensure all children in our community have access to this level of care, regardless of their financial circumstances.