Make sure every kid has the opportunity to skate. Donate your new or gently used skates, helmets and hockey equipment to one of our hundreds of locations across Canada.
Skate to Great wants to ensure every kid in Canada has the opportunity to skate.
A 2011 report on poverty in Canada stated 639,000 children in Canada still live in poverty. More than 323,000 children also belong to families that rely on food banks
Founded in March 2012, Skate To Great was created with a mission to provide every child the opportunity to skate, regardless of their circumstances, regardless of their circumstances, the opportunity to skate. In May 2013, Skate To Great received charitable status. The organization supports schools, programs and charities in Canada, which enable deserving kids and at-risk youth the opportunity to skate. Skate To Great's main initiative is to collect new and used hockey and figure skates (along with equipment such as pads, sticks and helmets) for organizations that need them. Recipients can then participate in programs that provide skating opportunities in a supportive environment.
Skate To Great is run by volunteers who attend meetings and use our online portal to collaborate. We're always seeking new volunteers who can bring whatever it is that they do best to the organization. We require support with everything, from answering general questions to website and brochure design, working with the charities and programs we support, volunteer coordination, skate sorting and even basic bookkeeping and general administration.
Skate To Great will be a household name throughout North America by 2014. We are always seeking additional assistance, volunteers and resources. For more information on volunteering, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Skate To Great was created in March 2012 out of a dream to provide every child the opportunity to skate, regardless of their circumstances. Two friends, a top ranked Canadian figure skater and a young entrepreneur had a conversation about kids growing up in Canada and how much skating is embedded in Canada’s national conscience. They decided that every child should be given this opportunity, since in Canada, skating is second nature. Skate to Great was registered in March 2012 as a not-for-profit organization but not without the help of Siskinds Law and lawyer Stacey Bothwell.
The Ryerson University Digital Media Zone (an award-winning incubator for startups), graciously began providing Skate To Great with offices in the heart of downtown Toronto. From then on it was full steam ahead.
With the support of FedEx Express Canada, StorageMart, Lowe's Home Improvement Stores, Siskinds Law, the Ryerson University Digital Media Zone and advertising agency Doug + Serge, hundreds of locations across Canada began receiving Canadians' new and gently used skates (see Drop Off Locations for a list of locations to drop off your skates).
A preliminary launch event was held on March 4th, 2012 at Toronto City Hall, in which hundreds of skates were collected for children's skating programs at Courage Canada and HEROS Hockey. The highly successful event received notable national media attention.
Currently, Skate To Great is currently working on fulfilling the needs of communities, school programs and organizations which assist in making hockey and figure skating possible to deserving children and at-risk youth.
Most recently Skate To Great received a letter from the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada acknowledging Skate To Great's contribution to Canadian Society. With the rapid success of Skate To Great, an American Steering Committee is currently being formed to create a similar initiative in the United States, along with a "Summer Skate To Great" program which will collect used skateboards and rollerblades to be refurbished and available to skate park programs and schools in the southern states.
Everyone currently involved with Skate To Great donates their time and/or services.