For the past three years, ILSC Education Group has been involved in a very unique community development project in a region called Ladakh, in the Indian Himalayas. This remote region is located 11,000 feet (3,400 m) above sea level and is very cold in the winter. In the past, the local kids didn’t have a lot to do during these chilly months, however they have now found a very fun way to occupy their time – playing ice hockey!
Seeing as access to ice hockey equipment is extremely limited in India, ILSC staff, students, and homestay families across Canada have been collecting and donating good quality used ice hockey equipment to support these remote towns and villages. Once again this year, in collaboration with The Hockey Foundation and the Canadian High Commission in New Delhi, ILSC delivered over 1,000 pieces of hockey gear to the people of Ladakh. ILSC-Sydney Director, Jason Flaming, ILSC-New Delhi Director, Mark Branov, and ILSC Founder, Paul Zysman were on-hand this year to take part in the annual Indo-Canadian Ice Hockey Tournament, and also took time to personally deliver the goods to local charities and sports clubs.
The 2-day hockey tournament saw teams from Germany, Finland, UK, Singapore, China, the US and Canada come to play the highest altitude organized hockey in the world!
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These snowy mountains and spectacular landscape could easily be mistaken for some place in Canada. Besides the breathtaking scenery, this town has one more thing in common with Canada – locals have fallen in love with the great sport of ice hockey. It wasn’t until a Canadian diplomat in Delhi saw an opportunity to nudge this budding hockey culture forward that it all really took off. I was fortunate enough to be invited to play one winter and became involved in this wonderful ice hockey project.
It’s an amazing thing to be here, in Leh for this hockey tournament today. It’s amazing to take that little piece of our culture and share it with the people of India.
As part of social movement of young students travelling around the world, we help them understand a better way of making this a better planet, a better way of interacting with each other.
I wanted to extend to a big warm thank you to the families and staff of ILSC. Your support has been incredible and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Thank you to all the people who’ve donated equipment, we had a really great tournament.
Thanks to everyone who allowed us again this year to bring up lots of goods to help some of the communities in and around Ladakh. We look forward to more of this in the future, so stay tuned on the developments of our hockey program. Take care.