International Police Hockey Tournament donates $35,000 to Bloom Skills Centre

In February 2024, the Kingston Police hosted the 61st annual International Police Hockey Tournament (IPHT) to support charities in the community. The majority of the money raised was donated to Bloom Skills, which offers accessible skills training and learning opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental exceptionalities.

According to a release from Kingston Police, the tournament, held over two days, consisted of 104 teams made up of over 1,500 Peace Officers. A total of $48,207 was raised through registration, community sponsorships, silent auction, raffles and a 50/50 draw.

“The tournament’s main charity, Bloom Skills… received a $35,000 donation. The remainder of the funds raised are being donated to various charities and bursaries within the community,” Kingston Police detailed.

On Wednesday, May 15, 2024, Amber Potter, Founder and Executive Director of Bloom Skills attended the Kingston Police Station to receive the donation, presented by Chief Scott Fraser.

Bloom Skills Centre is a non-profit organization offering skills-based programming to young adults. Bloom operates the CommUnity Café at the Centre 70 arena.

According to the IPHT website, every year the organization hosts 100 police hockey teams from across Canada and the USA. The tournament features divisions for all abilities including our exciting elite division, both men’s and women’s competitive & recreation divisions, and old-timers. The event is 100 per cent not-for-profit and focuses on fellowship, fun and service to local communities.  

Learn more about the International Police Hockey Tournament here.

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