Kingston Police help welcome Rez Girls 64 Wolves to Kingston

The Rez Girls 64 Wolves with Sgt. Steve Koopman of Kingston Police on Friday, Mar. 22, 2019. The Rez Girls toured Kingston Police Headquarters as part of their welcome to Kingston, where they will participate in the Kids for Kids hockey tournament. Submitted photo.

If you haven’t heard of the Rez Girls 64 Wolves hockey team, listen up! This team has captured the heart of the nation, with a story that highlights resilience, team work, and the power of passion.

The Rez Girls’ Kingston connection began last year, when husband and wife team Steve and Katie Koopman were struck by an idea while visiting Eabametoong First Nation, also known as Fort Hope, Ontario. Inspired by the story of the Rez Girls, the Koopmans decided to raise funds for a proper cement undersurface for the existing hockey arena in the fly-in community in northern Ontario.

After a whirlwind social media campaign, the Koopmans successfully raised the $90,000 necessary for the rink improvements.

Now, the Rez Girls 64 Wolves are in Kingston, where they’ll participate in the Kids for Kids hockey tournament on Friday, Mar. 22 and Saturday, Mar. 23, 2019. The Kids for Kids hockey tournament takes place at the Invista Centre, and is in support of the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston and Area, and the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation.

But before they hit the ice, the Rez Girls stopped off at Kingston Police Headquarters, where they received a warm welcome to the city, and a tour of the station led by Koopman himself. On site were the Kingston Police Community Volunteers (KPCV), who presented the girls with official KPCV hockey pucks.

“The public is encouraged to come out to the Invista Centre to show these girls your support,” Kingston Police said.

To find out more about the Rez Girls 64 Wolves hockey team, click here.

To find out more about the Kids for Kids hockey tournament, click here.

To learn more about Steve and Katie Koopman’s Good Ally Project through True North Aid, click here.

The Rez Girls 64 Wolves listening to Sgt. Steve Koopman during a tour of Kingston Police Headquarters on Friday, Mar. 22, 2019. Submitted photo.

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