Hockey Helps Kids, the philanthropic initiative of Chloe and Harrison Katz, children of Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz and his wife Renee, is a fun and innovative competition, which brings together local schools, charities and the Edmonton Oilers to raise awareness and funds for the community. The program helps strengthen the relationship between the National Hockey League (NHL), communities, fans and most importantly, helps junior high school students understand the importance of helping make their community a better place.

Students will engage in research, interviews and data collection to select their charity. Each school and its chosen charity will team up with an Edmonton Oilers player who will serve as their Team Captain. Then, they will be tasked with developing a two-minute video to promote their charity and drive votes and awareness, with the goal of achieving the most votes during a designated period. The winning charity will receive $25,000 and the runner-ups will each receive a $10,000 donation. Each participating school is also granted $5,000 for their efforts.

The Edmonton Oilers Community Foundation (EOCF) is excited to announce that applications for schools to participate in the Hockey Helps Kids program for the 2019-20 season are now open. Please review the information below to determine if you are eligible and how your school can apply to participate.

The following criteria must be met in order to be considered for the Hockey Helps Kids program:

  • Only Junior High Schools which embrace school-wide participation and student leadership may apply.
  • Hockey Helps Kids is open to schools in Edmonton and the surrounding areas. Accepted school divisions include:
    • Edmonton Public Schools
    • Edmonton Catholic Schools
    • Elk Island Public (Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan only)
    • Elk Island Catholic (Sherwood Park and Fort Saskatchewan only)
    • Evergreen Catholic (Spruce Grove and Stony Plain only)
    • Parkland Public School District (Spruce Grove and Stony Plain only)
    • St. Albert Public (St. Albert)
    • Greater St. Albert Catholic (St. Albert)
    • Black Gold Public School Division (Leduc and Beaumont only)
    • St. Thomas Aquinas (Leduc and Beaumont only)
  • Schools must be available in mid-May to present a 15-minute presentation to our selection committee. Students will be required to make the presentation and only shortlisted schools will be asked to present.

Application Process:

Application Form (Open from Mar 21 to Apr 26, 2019)

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2019-20 season.

In-Person Presentation (May 2019)

Shortlisted schools will be asked to prepare a 15-minute presentation to present to our selection committee on why their school should be chosen. Please note that the presentations are required to be made by the students themselves and only shortlisted schools will be asked to present. Final date, time and location to be confirmed.

School Notification (June 2019)

Successful schools will be notified no later than June 15, 2019.