From September 1 to 11 a team of Blind Hockey players will have their courage on full display as they inline skate 1000 km’s in cities between Windsor and Ottawa, with the ambitious goal of raising $100,000 in support of life-changing Blind Hockey programming.

Now is your chance to help them by joining the #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge! Either sign up as an individual and pledge to do 100 km’s of physical activity and raise $100 + in support of Blind Hockey programming or sign up as a team and pledge to do 1000 km’s of activity and set a goal of raising $1,000 or more.

Canadian Blind Hockey recommends inline skating, however cycling, running, walking or any other method of exercise are all perfectly acceptable. The purpose of the #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge is to participate in a fun fitness challenge to get you in shape while raising money for a great cause!

Members of Canada’s National Blind Hockey Team will be taking part in the #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge as they raise funds for the National Team Program, while all other funds will be used in support of children, youth, and adult Blind Hockey programs coast-to-coast.


Joining the challenge is easy! Simply visit our Canada Helps Virtual Challenge here.  You will either sign up as an individual, create a team, or join a team. You will add your profile picture and set your fundraising goal, and then write your bio. Canadian Blind Hockey recommends that you include the following, but be sure to customize it for you:

“I am joining the #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge! I pledge to do__ km’s of _________ between September 1 and 11. My goal is to raise _____ in support of life-changing Blind Hockey programming coast-to-coast! Please consider supporting me as I support Canadian Blind Hockey in their mission to make hockey accessible to every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted.”


Once you have completed your page you will be able to share the link via email and all of your social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Linkedin.  Your friends, family, colleagues, and other supporters will be able to donate directly to your personal fundraiser and will instantly receive their charitable tax receipt from Canada Helps. It’s that simple!


The #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge is 100% on the honour system.  It is up to challenge participants to track their kilometers of physical activity between September 1 – 11.  Once you achieve your goal email info@blindicehockey.com to let us know that you have completed the challenge and include a personal message of thanks to all of your donors.  Canadian Blind Hockey will send you a certificate of completion as well as send an email including your message to all of your donors to let them know that you achieved your goal!


The team challenge is the perfect way to kick off the 2021 – 2022 hockey season! From minor hockey teams to adult rec teams and all levels in between, the #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge is a perfect training camp as the puck drops on the season.

For businesses looking for a staff team-building challenge, or service clubs, community groups, or other groups of friends, the #COURAGE21 Virtual Team Challenge is a fun way to get fit while supporting a great cause!


Equally as important as raising funds, the purpose of the #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge is to raise awareness for the rapidly growing Para sport of Blind Hockey.  Whether you are skating, cycling, running, walking, or other – be sure to post pictures using the #COURAGE21 hashtag and continue to spread the word about Blind Hockey.  There are now 14 programs operating in cities coast-to-coast, let’s work together to make sure every Canadian who is blind or partially sighted has the opportunity to get off of the bench and onto the ice!


Anyone who completes the #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge and also raises a minimum of $250 will receive their own #COURAGE21 t-shirt in the mail. Teams that achieve the $1000 goal will receive 4 t-shirts. What a perfect way to show your support of Blind Hockey programming in Canada!


The #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge is in support of the #COURAGE21 Inline Skate Fundraiser where Blind Hockey players Mark DeMontis, Kelly Serbu, Francois Beauregard, Matt Shaw, and Laura Mark and their guides Marc Lafortune, PJ Power Luca DeMontis, and Matt Morrow will relay-skate from the edge of Southwestern Ontario to the Nation’s Capital to raise $100,000 in support life-changing Blind Hockey programming coast-to-coast.  Learn more about their journey here and be sure to follow them on all of Canadian Blind Hockey’s social media channels.

For assistance or further information about the #COURAGE21 Virtual Challenge please email info@blindicehockey.com.

For more information about Blind Hockey please visit canadianblindhockey.com.