Annual NOJHL Showcase Highlights Top Players While Supporting Local CMHA
Date: Oct, 12, 2018 04:28 AM EDT
SUDBURY, ONT. – The Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League raised more than $4500 in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury Manitoulin (CMHA-S/M) Branch this past week at their third annual Showcase.
For the past two seasons, the two-day showcase has donated 100% of the proceeds from their ticket sales to the local CMHA Branch.
“Our annual showcase has grown to become one of the biggest events of our season each year, and we’re proud to be able to use this event to give back to the community by supporting the CMHA and the services they provide,” said Robert Mazzuca, NOJHL Commissioner.
The annual event has raised nearly $10,000 for the CMHA over the last two years, which Marion Quigley, Chief Executive Officer of CMHA-S/M explains, allows them to provide ongoing support to players in the game.
“The NOJHL has been a strong supporter of mental health in our community and a leader in supporting the mental health of their players," said Quigley. "I’d like to thank Commissioner Robert Mazzuca, his staff, and all of the NOJHL teams for their continued support of our sports mental health program Talk Today and their generous donation to our branch."
Beyond the monetary donation, the showcase also provided those in attendance the opportunity to learn more about the importance of mental wellness and services that are available directly from local CMHA staff.
A strong supporter of overall player development, the NOJHL is entering into its fourth season with CMHA’s Talk Today program – one of the most comprehensive mental health programs for amateur sports in Canada. The program, which currently reaches all CHL and various local hockey teams, aims to promote the mental health of young athletes and to spread awareness about the benefits of positive mental health throughout communities across the country.