Markham is making hockey accessible for youth with physical disabilities.

Variety Village launched Canada’s first Volt hockey league in Toronto in 2016 and recently partnered with the City of Markham to offer the Para Volt Hockey program to area residents. The program officially kicked off at Mount Joy Community Centre Arena on July 3.

Volt hockey is a variation of floor hockey with the addition of specially-designed, joystick-operated chairs, so anyone with upper mobility can play. Volt hockey was first introduced to Markham as a featured sport during Sports Day 2017 at the Markham Pan Am Centre. It creates an opportunity to engage youth in a social, team-based environment.

“This is a great opportunity for the whole community to enjoy,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “Hockey is a proud Canadian tradition and Volt Hockey is accessible to everyone. I am proud of our partnership with Variety Village and I am inspired by the heart, passion and the love of sport we see in the players, coaches and ambassadors of the game.”

“Beyond the immediate health benefits of participating in recreation, Para Volt Hockey produces opportunity, inclusion and builds connectedness, meaning and social relationships,” said Karen Stintz, Variety Village president and CEO. “Volt hockey is a game changer.”

Visit varietyvillage.ca/volt-hockey for more Volt hockey details.

Photo: Mayor Scarpitti drops the ball during the kick-off event for Markham’s Volt hockey camp.