LIGHTNING DAWN HOCKEY SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
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Lightning Dawn is a program aimed at taking advantage of paradigm shifting hockey training programs to give Indigenous youth an unparalleled opportunity to rapidly develop their ability to play hockey. Through this, Lightning Dawn aims to uplift the First Nations athletes and their respective communities through the benefits that come from such a rapid change. Benefits such as increased self worth, self confidence, self discipline and leadership ability. All things which come from working towards and achieving an increased competency in a socially significant and celebrated sport such as hockey in Canada. These valuable attributes pay huge dividends not only in the athletes immediate life but the community they reside in as a whole.
Not only can this program have such an impact on its applicants, it can also reach remote, far away communities that struggle with access to elite, beneficial development programs such as this. Lightning Dawn deploys remotely accessible, highly portable programs that can turn any isolated community into a professional development center. .
Lightning Dawn Development Program will be launched in the winter 2020/2021 in Enoch First Nation, Alberta, with an expected 100 participants from various age groups. Each participant will be involved in a minimum of two sessions a week for a six-month duration period.
Trainers will be provided and trained by Om Hockey Systems to implement the Lightning Dawn Program. These trainers will be members of the First Nation and further training will be given to any coach and volunteer which allows for more access and self-sustainability in the community, with the hope that this development program could last several years.
A typical player attending the Lightning Dawn Development Program (powered by Om Hockey Systems) will be undergoing a very unique skill development camp. First, he will be amongst his peers as this program is catered specifically towards First Nations. This is something that we have been told is quite significant to our players. They feel welcomed and comfortable coming to the rink and working with us amongst other First Nations athletes. Our players show up everyday and they show up on time, this factor is significant in that regard.
A player will quickly realize that the on ice instruction in this camp is very different from what he or she is used to. Om primarily uses obstacles as teachers to mimic the real world environment a player will find himself in during an actual game. This produces rapid development in what we call functional hockey ability. A lot of development camps and hockey schools teach many things that are often used rarely in a typical game. Om flips this on its head, using obstacles that teach fundamental, primary skills that are used in every facet of an actual competition. Another huge advantage that Om has over other development programs is that in order to navigate successfully through an obstacle, the player is forced to use proper technique. This causes the player to self correct his or her mistakes, which makes the learning curve much faster in comparison to traditional methods which require an external correction which takes many more repetitions to sink in.
Players notice their competency start to increase almost immediately. This rapid positive feedback sparks enthusiasm and willingness to push through obstacles both physically and mentally. This rapid development associates reward and positivity in regards to discipline which is crucial for a young persons mental development toward challenges. We believe a positive association with discipline will pay huge dividends in their lives both inside and outside the arena.
This level of elite, professional development quickly leads to a huge increase in hockey competency. This leads to players rapidly becoming some of the best players on their teams. With this comes leadership as players are awarded captaincy and assistant captaincy’s due to their prowess on the ice. Direct experience with leadership at a young age is a huge educational opportunity for our First Nation athletes. Learning how to lead a dressing room full of your peers to victory are life lessons that are never forgotten and pay huge dividends not only to their own lives but to every life they effect in their communities as a result.
Common themes we hear from our players and their parents are significant increases in confidence and general well being. Success in one area quickly leads to success in other areas. This positive momentum especially coming from a sport that’s so culturally relevant to our country has huge positive benefits not only to the individual but the community the individual comes from. We ask for your support in this endeavour so that we may touch more lives as we progress to transform hockey development in regards to First Nation youth.
In conjunction with Lightning Dawn, Om Hockey Systems will be the service provider for the hockey development program. Om Hockey uses revolutionary training techniques that represent a paradigm shift in the way hockey skill is developed. Om’s philosophy is that hockey is an obstacle based game, and its athletes should be trained on obstacle based skill development programs. Using this method, Om can develop hockey players at an exponential rate as opposed to the traditional incremental development seen even at the professional level. Not only that, Om is a highly portable, remotely accessible program. A First Nation reserve can conduct this program entirely in house with its own trainers in conjunction with the Om equipment and access to the Om Drill Database on its website. This would make this program entirely sustainable and independent no matter how remote the First Nation Reserve may be.
Players that ran through previous Om Hockey Development Programs have shown a significant increase in self worth and confidence not only on the ice but off of it as well. As the players competency grows from his or her participation in the program, their success within the game of hockey grows alongside with it. Success breeds confidence and self worth, especially with hockey being such a socially significant and culturally relevant game in Canada. As a player advances in the system, he or she gains more competency which leads to more success which leads to more confidence and self worth creating an uplifting feedback loop of positive mental health.
There are many programs that take up a lot of time and effort that give little reward back. Om is not one of these programs. Om rewards young players for their hard work and effort with functional, rapid skill development. Om teaches players through direct experience the benefits of discipline and hard work. The more time and effort a player puts into Om, the greater the benefit he will receive from the program. This benefit is very noticeable, and soon the player associates positive reward with discipline. Discipline is a key component that opens all doors in life, and through the teacher of direct experience Om aims to pass these keys to the player.
As a player progresses in the program, inevitably their competency in the game of hockey rises. This affords the player unique opportunities in leadership. Hierarchy in hockey is based on ability, and as a players ability in the game increases he or she is looked upon by their teammates for guidance and relied upon for leadership. These direct experiences with leadership are unforgettable as a player realizes how they act is how others will and that they set the tone for the makeup of their environment. This lesson reverberates far beyond the walls of the rink. The ability to realize that your actions and attitude have an impact on your community provides an invaluable awareness that can change not only you but the whole world.
Lightning Dawn is a program aimed at taking advantage of paradigm shifting hockey development programs to give indigenous youth an unparalleled opportunity to rapidly develop their ability to play hockey. Through this, Lightning Dawn aims to uplift the First Nations athletes and their respective communities through the benefits that come from such a rapid change. Benefits such as increased self worth, self confidence, self discipline and leadership ability. All things which come from working towards and achieving an increased competency in a socially significant and celebrated sport such as hockey in Canada. These valuable attributes pay huge dividends not only in the athletes immediate life but the community they reside in as a whole.
Not only can this program have such an impact on its applicants, it can also reach remote, far away communities that struggle with access to elite, beneficial development programs such as this. Lightning Dawn deploys remotely accessible, highly portable programs that can turn any isolated community into a professional development center.
We believe the benefits of a program such as this will have many positive reverberations throughout the First Nation communities it is deployed in.
In conjunction with Lightning Dawn, Om Hockey Systems will provide First Nations with world class portable development programs. Each reserve will be allocated one full Om equipment set complete with the obstacles needed to conduct the program. They will also be granted access to the drill database on the Om website complete with a six month curriculum to follow through the winter.
Reserves will provide Om with two trainers from the First Nation. They will be trained in the implementation and deployment of the Om skill development program. These trainers will be responsible for the equipment and running the Om program throughout the 6 months. These trainers will be paid directly from the First Nation for their services.
Om will also train any coaches and volunteers within the First Nation alongside the two trainers. This will maximize the literacy of the program within the Reserve which will allow for more access and sustainability.
Lightning Dawn will require a minimum usage of 100 hours of on ice instruction from the First Nation.
The cost of each applicant for the Om Hockey Winter Program will be $600.00. This cost will be covered by scholarships given by True North Aid. The only cost to the Reserve will be the two trainers provided by them to operate the program. Their salary will be left up to the discretion of the First Nation.