This past season, OMGHA appointed a Culture and Inclusion Director and chartered a task force to examine the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) challenges and opportunities within youth hockey and, more specifically, our association. This work was done collaboratively with guidance from experts around the country. We are excited to share the task force’s report (attached) and OMGHA’s DEI commitment:
OMGHA is committed to promoting a culture of inclusivity within our leadership, teams, and community and standing together against racism. We strive to grow the game of hockey, attract, retain, and support diverse talent, and encourage inclusive thought and action for all our student-athletes regardless of identity, background, or ability. We pledge to support programs and initiatives that create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive hockey community. OMGHA is for everyone.
CALL TO SERVICE
Creating a more diverse and inclusive culture will take time and collective effort. Please join us in this effort by:
1. Serving as an OMGHA Parent Liaison: To better reach interested players in our elementary schools, we will launch the OMGHA Parent Liaison Program. OMGHA Parent Liaisons would serve as resources for interested families and help build the relationship between OMGHA and your school.
2. Leading our equipment program: To reduce the equipment barrier first-time hockey families face, we hope to provide rental or free equipment for new families. This means we need your old equipment to build our supply! We will hold an equipment drive in early fall. Your used equipment will help us achieve our goal of providing equipment to all kids who want to play hockey.
3. Mentoring a new family: We will launch our New Family Mentor program in the fall. Veteran families will be paired with first-time hockey families. Mentors will help new families navigate the first year of hockey.
4. Sharing first-generation hockey player experiences and feedback: If your child is a first-generation hockey player (first in your family to play hockey), we would love to hear from you about what drew you to OMGHA, what went well, and what we could do to improve first-generation hockey players’ experiences.
5. Serving on our Culture and Inclusion Committee: We are transitioning the task force into an ongoing committee that will continue important DEI work at OMGHA. We would love for you to join us.
If you can help with any of these initiatives, please fill out this form and we will be in touch. Reach out to Nicole Hurt (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions, concerns, or ideas.
Thank you for your support as we work together to ensure that OMGHA truly is for everyone.
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