A southern Saskatchewan community is receiving a free hockey camp in memory of someone who found joy in the sport.

The Adam Herold Legacy Foundation is hosting the event today, as well as yesterday, in the town of Gravelbourg.

The foundation was started in memory of Adam Herold, a member of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team who passed away in the team's bus crash back in April.

The goal of the foundation is to build better hockey players, as well as community-minded leaders, which led to the free hockey camp.

Included in the camp itself are leadership, off-ice conditioning, seminars, four on-ice sessions, as well as power skating and various skills coaching.

All of the programs are offered by personnel provided by the foundation, with around five or six coaches participating.

While the camp does not require any funds to participate, those who do are asked to 'pay it forward' in their community.

Jordan Brisebois is president of minor hockey in Gravelbourg, and spoke about how the town was paying it forward.

"Our pledge to the 'pay it forward' portion of this, was for everybody in Gravelbourg minor hockey or anyone who participated in the camp to give five hours of community service to their rink, or to do a good deed, or do some project in their town as they saw fit."

Brisebois spoke on some of the things that were being done to benefit the community as well as carrying Herold's legacy forward.

"A couple of boys from Ponteix helped out at their church, did some cleanup at their church, our IP (initiation program) team is going to spend some time at the long-term care centre here in Gravelbourg, and they also spent time when all the food bank donations were collected, they went in and spent some time kind of helping package those, so lots of cool little initiatives being brought forward by our kids."

Brisebois said he was happy to see the foundation benefit the community, and the impact it will have on the community.

"Its a massive investment from the foundation, it's a massive investment in the kids and the communities that they're doing it for."

Around 70 or 80 kids would be attending the camp according to Brisebois, coming from multiple southwest communities like Kincaid, Mossbank, and Lafleche.

Gravelbourg and Balcarres were this year's communities selected by the foundation to host the event, with two new communities to be chosen next year.

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