Sun Life and Leafs support hockey camp for diabetic children

By Andrew Rickard | March 09 2016 09:15AM

Sun Life of Canada has partnered with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the MLSE Foundation to send children living with type 1 diabetes to a one-week hockey camp this summer.

The program is meant for children who would otherwise lack the financial means to attend the camp. Sun Life says it will donate $500 to the MLSE Foundation for every assist on a goal scored by the Leafs at all home games in March. Sun Life is also calling on Leafs fans to pitch in, and says it will donate $5 every time someone tweets or retweets #SunLifeAgainstDiabetes during Leafs home game in March, up to a total maximum donation of $50,000.

"A portion of the money donated will also fund a hockey clinic for children living with type 1 diabetes at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence hosted by Sun Life and the Toronto Maple Leafs on March 14. The clinic will include a diabetes education component that will inform the community's youth about how to best manage their disease and the importance of regular exercise and nutrition to maintain a healthy lifestyle," reads the announcement. "Toronto Maple Leafs alumni will be on-hand to participate in the clinic which will give these children an opportunity to learn and to spend time with their hockey heroes."