Dear potential patrons,
The Coordinating Committee for the Pan–Armenian Games, Montreal Section (a non-profit grouping of Montreal Armenian community sports organizations) will send a hockey team to represent Montreal at the 2nd Pan-Armenian Winter Games (to be held in Armenia in February 2018). The event is organized by the Government of Armenia and mirrors the Olympic Games. The games are a major event for the country and the Armenian Diaspora; they will be widely attended and broadcast to national TV audiences in Armenia.
Team Montreal-Armenia is composed of athletes of Armenian descent from the greater Montreal area that are all enthusiastically engaged in the unique experience and pride associated with our city’s tradition of hockey. Our players are eager to represent hockey’s Mecca to defend and further that tradition at this prestigious international event.
Our goal is to eliminate the costs of organization and dispatch of the team from the shoulders of our athletes. The team needs 135,000.00$ to pay for: flights, hotel stays, travel insurances, practice ice-time rental, league registration fees and equipment, uniforms and apparel.
The event goes beyond a simple athletic competition endorsing and fostering a culture of exercise, well-being and competition in a sportsmanlike atmosphere. For many participants, it represents a once in a lifetime opportunity to realize a dream of visiting ancestral homelands and fostering lasting links with counterparts from Armenia and other cities/countries participating in the event. The games therefore represent a rare and special opportunity for cultural and social exchange and enrichment.
Finally, the formation and dispatching of the team serves as a testament to the positive values and impacts of diversity and multiculturalism. Our athletes illustrate how various communities can come together and integrate into a larger whole by participating in an iconic national activity, and, as a consequence, manifest a sense of belonging that goes beyond their narrower individual, ethnic and community affiliations. The dispatching of Team Montreal-Armenia aims to put these commendable values on display internationally.
Our project cannot be realized without your generosity and help. Please donate open-handedly and forward our fundraising information to your email and social media contacts/networks (and ask them to do the same). The more people get this information, the higher the likelihood that we’ll reach our goals.
Coordinating Committee for the Pan–Armenian Games, Montreal Section