Championed by
Hayley Wickenheiser

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In Partnership With


Nothing brings a community together like the power of outdoor sports. It transforms ponds into arenas, children into champions, and strangers into lifelong friends.

Climate change threatens to put an end to outdoor sports in Canada and around the world. The local pond hockey rink has closed for good due to warm weather. Soccer games are cancelled due to extreme heat. Snow needs to be transported by helicopter to keep ski trails open.​

The challenge is great, but there is no community more passionate than sports fans. Together, we can beat climate change. Together, we can protect our favourite sports for future generations.

The Climate and Sport Initiative will bring star athletes, sports enthusiasts, and sustainability experts together to take on the greatest opponent of our time. Let’s stick it to climate change!

Destination Marketing Organizations: Apply Now to Host a Save Pond Hockey Event

In late 2021 and early 2022, two Canadian communities will host the first two Save Pond Hockey Events, featuring five-time Olympian Hayley Wickenheiser and other top athletes. Attendees will watch star athletes in their element, celebrate local and global climate leadership, and enjoy the magic of outdoor hockey.

Activities will be tailored to the selected communities. It could include: an athlete and community free skate, a hockey skills lab, a climate and sport expo, inspirational Spark Talks featuring athletes and sustainability experts, a contest focused on municipal sustainability priorities, youth engagement, and more!

The events will reach beyond city limits through livestreams and virtual interactivity, giving all of Canada a chance to join in on the fun.

If local restrictions at the time of the event don’t allow for an in-person game, the Initiative will work with the communities to organize impactful virtual events, featuring athlete meet-and-greets for example.

Does your community have sustainability stories that all of Canada should know about? Express your interest for a Save Pond Hockey event to bring your community together and inspire more action.

Interested destination marketing organizations are invited to complete an Expression of Interest form here.

Deadline for submission: June 15

Media Coverage

May 27, 2021 – Environment Journal: Canadian Communities Can Apply Now to Take Climate Action and Host Pond Hockey

May 26, 2021 – Media Release: Canadian Communities Can Apply Now to Host Save Pond Hockey Events


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We look forward to announcing more ways the public can get involved, including contests, events, and more. Be the first to know by joining the Climate and Sport Initiative community:

About the Climate and Sport Initiative

The Climate and Sport Initiative uses sport as a platform to educate, engage and empower Canadians to protect our planet for future generations. The multi-year initiative will include a series of live and virtual public events and experiences, training and support to help athletes become climate ambassadors, and youth mentorship and engagement. It is led by GLOBE Series, The Delphi Group, and Leading Change Canada, funded in part by the Government of Canada, in partnership with the Clean Foundation, and championed by Hayley Wickenheiser.