Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund

What is the Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund

The Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund provides scholarships to the disadvantaged Canadian youth under the age of 18 to travel with classmates on school sanctioned trips. OMCA is proud to partner with The Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund for many of our events.

From the MLHYF website:

“Every year in Ontario, over 300,000 students hit the road with classmates on their annual school trip. In addition, over 4,500 students are left behind to only imagine what their year-end trip might have been like. It is the mission of the MLH Youth Fund to provide scholarships to disadvantaged Canadian youth under the age of 18 to travel with their classmates on school sanctioned tours.
Sponsoring these students to attend their class trip provides inclusion and boosts self-esteem. Inclusion also ensures equality in education beyond the classroom. In Campaign 2000, by Laurel Rothman, an independent survey of students in North Bay states that the impact of poverty goes beyond material deprivation and contributes to social exclusion.”

Some of OMCA’s most recent MLHYF fundraisers include:

  • 2013: The OMCA Mary Lynn Higgins Hockey Tournament raised $8,000
  • 2014: The Prize Table at OMCA’s 44th Annual Golf Tournament raised $2,500


DATE: October 29 – 30, 2016
LOCATION: Meridian Centre (October 29th) and Seymour-Hannah Arena (October 30th)
FEE:  $99
INCLUDES: 3 games guaranteed, beer after each game
*This year’s format will be similar (may be 6 teams with 2 divisions of 3).

Saturday, October 29th: 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM
Sunday, October 30th: 8:15 AM, 9:15 AM, 10:15 AM, 11:15 AM

Participation would be invaluable and would be greatly appreciated.  If you are interested in playing, please email John Temple as soon as possible.

Special hotel rates are being offered at the Days Inn Niagara Falls Hotel:
– Friday, October 28th – $65.00
– Saturday, October 29th – $120.00
*Rates are based on single or double occupancy (children under 18 stay for free)
*NOTE: Rooms are being held at this special rate until October 18th.
How to book:
– Email:, OR
– Call the hotel’s Group Reservations directly at 1-866-873-9829
– Use code: MLH Hockey Fundraiser Event

A motor coach shuttle will be offered from the hotel to the Meridian Centre on Saturday at 10:00 AM, with a return shuttle at 6:00 PM.

It’s not too late to become a sponsor!  Sponsorship opportunities exist from $1,000 to $2,500.  We are also in need of donations for Most Valuable Player prizes for each game.  Volunteers are also required for time-keeping and team ambassadors.  Please contact John Temple at for more information.

Thank you again for your consideration and the continued support you have shown to our cause.   A special thanks to all who played last year, including our sponsors: Niagara Falls Tourism, Student Youth Travel Association (, Pokey Checkers, Advertek and Lindros Skate.

Related Links:

The Mary Lynn Higgins Youth Fund website