The annual Kids for Kids Hockey Tournament was held March 23 to 25 in Kingston. Families and children from across the region came to participate in the weekend tournament. The net proceeds of the tournament are shared between University Hospitals Kingston Foundation (UHKF) and the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston. This year, UHKF received $25,000 for the Pediatric Unit at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC).
Each year, the Kids for Kids Hockey Tournament provides a fun, end-of-season hockey weekend for players on teams in Novice, Atom, Peewee, Bantam and Midget divisions, in both house and rep leagues. Since 1999, the tournament has raised more than $500,000 for pediatric programs at Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s Kingston General Hospital site (KGH).
“We are thrilled that the organizers of the Kids for Kids hockey tournament continue to be such active supporters of Kingston Health Sciences Centre’s pediatric program. Over the years, their support has allowed us to purchase new pieces of technology, including the Vivid IQ ultrasound this year, to ensure we continually have the best equipment which allows us to provide the highest level of care for the youngest patients in our region,” says Dr. Bob Connelly, head of Pediatrics, KHSC
“Kids for Kids made a commitment 21 years ago to support the medical needs of children from the greater Kingston area. We have kept that commitment thanks to the fantastic volunteer team that works so hard each year to make all our projects so successful,” -Garry McColman, Chair, Kids for Kids Hockey Tournament
The funds raised at the past several years’ events were used to purchase a Vivid IQ ultrasound machine for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at KHSC’s KGH site. The new ultrasound machine gives them the ability to capture good quality images, right from the bedside, of vascular structures, tissues and other organ systems like lung, brain and bladder. These images aid with procedures, the evaluation of diseases and assessing therapeutic response. The Vivid IQ ultrasound machine is portable and compact and best suited for tiny patients in small spaces like those found in the NICU at the hospital.
“The number of kids and families that participate in the Kids for Kids Tournament continues to grow. We are pleased to have their ongoing support for our pediatric program at the Kingston Health Sciences Centre.” – Denise Cumming, President and CEO, UHKF