Valley Warriors Program
The Grind’s Youth Services Program, with financial support from Canadian Tire’s Jumpstart, proudly sponsors winter/summer recreational opportunities for special needs boys and girls from 5 – 12 years of age from throughout Renfrew County who are challenged with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, including autism.
The mission of the Valley Warriors Program is to allow players to experience the games of hockey and soccer in a fun, supportive and family-friendly environment. Warriors hockey activities are conducted from City of Pembroke rinks. Warrior soccer activities are conducted at the Shady Nook Recreation Centre, Pembroke.
Registered children, under the supervision and coaching skills of volunteer first responders, learn how to play team sports, regardless of ability or experience. Volunteers assist players in developing and enhancing their skills with a focus on team work, cooperation and socialization as a demonstration of the value of therapeutic activity. Such activities include one-on-one coaching and mentoring.
This focus helps to build player confidence, self-esteem and dependability. It also allows parents time to relax, network and the enjoyment of cheering on their little warrior(s).