Northern Health Community Funding Programs Coordinator Andrew Steele speaks at an announcement. The Prince George Cougars Hockey Club, in partnership with the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation and the Northern Health Authority, are excited to announce the regionalization of the Spirit of Healthy Kids (SOHK) School Program.
The SOHK School Program, which is sponsored by the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation, is entering its fifth year. Since its inception over 18,000 students in Prince George have been exposed to the program.
“The Cougars are proud to be closely aligned with Northern Health & the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation,” said Cougars’ Vice President, Business Andy Beesley. “Through this partnership, our players have provided positive, effective, and measurable role modelling for thousands of local elementary school children.”
This year the Cougars, the Northern Health Authority, and the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation are expanding the SOHK School Program to extend beyond Prince George and offer it to over 220 schools, which will reach over 33,000 students in the Northern Health region.
“Northern Health recognizes the value of the SOHK partnership, and we wanted to help take the program to the next stage,” stated Northern Health Community Funding Programs Coordinator Andrew Steele. “By expanding to a regional program, we seek to share the benefits of healthy messaging and positive role models with children throughout Northern BC.”