WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR KIND SPONSORS: DON MILLS CIVITAN, WANMOE PHOTOGRAPHY, GRIP THE EDGE WEB DESIGN, SOUTH STREET BURGER (SHOPS OF DON MILLS LOCATION) & LYNX BALL HOCKEY ORGANIZATION
Who We are
WELCOME TO DONALDSON'S DIAMONDS
In 1997 John Donaldson realized the need for a Hockey Program for Special Needs Hockey in the Don Mills area, always promoting the idea of Specials Hockey across the city.
John founded the Don Mills Diamonds in 1997 which begin with ten players playing other teams in the Don Mills Civitan House League and other Special Needs hockey teams within the GTA. As the tenth anniversary approached, the Civitan board motioned to change the name from it’s original Don Mills Diamonds to it’s present name. Debating Donaldson or Donaldson’s, it was recognized that this was in fact John “s” team, thus DONALDSONS DIAMONDS was named, this team being a true extension of John.
Who Can Play
We welcome all Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities with ages ranging from 5-65+ all genders who are interested in fun, creating friendships and physical activity.
We want all players to play at the best of their abilities and by having fun everyone wins!
Some of our players have diagnoses included but not limited to:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Down’s syndrome
- Fetal alcohol syndrome
- Fragile X syndrome
- Neurodevelopmental disorders
Inaugural Donaldson’s Diamonds team 1998
Our philosophy is that hockey should be about fun, creating friendships, building self-esteem and being physically active. Our program is for individuals with intellectual disabilities of all ages who will thrive while learning and playing hockey with like-skilled players. Our ultimate goal is FUN for all.
Location & Contact
We welcome you to contact us via email or by using the contact page.
Our arena is the Don Mills Civitans Arena, 1030 Don Mills Road, North York (between Eglinton and Lawrence)
Thank you for your interest!