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Wednesday, October 29 2008
So were we.  You know it has always been our policy to NEVER cold call.  First of all...being a coach in hockey....I know exactly just how irritating it can be.  Our approach has always been that we don't work in the car business, or the insurance business...where cold calls are a way of life.   What we do is very unique.  We have always felt if you have and build something special  teams will come to you.  That is exactly what we have done.  We believe in the power of our Zag community and believe that coaches and teams will travel and share in what we do for us.  So if you haven't learned about us through your colleagues...well...that is the best place to start...before even hearing from us.  If you haven't heard...we can connect you to the many coaches who have traveled.   Also, the US... teams travel very rarely.  Because teams have not traveled with multiple tour companies, they don't have anything to compare to.  So for those that haven't experienced the uniqueness of what we do...we would encourage you to learn and experience it first hand.  Remember, you really want to work with an organization that is rooted in hockey. An organization that has more than just a financial interest and has experience in our sport prior to selling tours to us.  You want a company that has a passion for the game and making the game better.  There are many little things that can't be overlooked and can only be known by those familiar with the game, athletes, and coaches.  You don't want to travel to a far off location and play on grass.  Being the only organization owned and operated by high level hockey people...well.... you are covered there.  Secondly, you want an organization that provides something unique and different.  You don't want to ride around in a tour bus and look at buildings as if you were a senior citizen group.   You want to experience the country.  That is exactly what we do.  As the only organization who requires community service...well..that is unique in itself.  Don't want to do community service? Well...I can assure you...for most of our teams it is the highlight.  You wont regret it. In addition to giving back , our service opportunities allow you to experience the people and culture in authentic ways.  Of course...there are the activities that no other organizations do...whether it is our Pizza making lesson in Italy, or homestay in Argentina....we provide active learning opportunities that are unique to us...well that is..until other companies realized how cool the activities were too.  I can say...imitation is the best form of flattery and we are proud to have been leader and innovators in what we do.  We look forward and would be grateful to serve you and your girls!  Thanks,
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Monday, October 27 2008
Greetings!  As you all know we are an organization dedicated to making a difference.  A big part of that has been our mandatory requirement for international service while on tour.  As the first organization to meld the idea of high level sports and service and the first and only organization to require service as a mandatory element of the travel program, we look to build on that commitment in 2009/2010.  We are also proud to have inspired many of our competitors to  incorporate community service.  While we certainly don't incorporate service to sell more tours, we do incorporate the service element b/c it is part of the fabric of who we are and what we do.  In 2009, we will continue our commitment to sponsoring children in the name of select teams that travel under certain program.  We are also pleased to announce our new "Impact a Child" campaign which will begin in our Argentina program.  Under the Impact a Child program teams traveling with us will do the following:
  • Financial Support:  Zag will provide funding to the organization and children on an annual basis.
  • Gather Clothing and Supplies:  Teams will be asked t0 gather clothing, equipment, etc for delivery on their arrival in Argentina.
  • Clothing Drop and Person to Person Sharing:  Teams traveling will work with children within the program for 1 or 2 sessions during their program. The aim of that interaction is to share with each other and provide for future opportunity to nurture and give back upon the team's return.
  • Zag Pen Pals:  Participating teams will be encouraged to write and email their partner children on a monthly basis.  We also encourage teams to consider gathering supplies during the year and sending them down.
We hope our added structure and building in opportunity for teams to sustain long lasting relationships with these children will prove powerful and life changing!  Join us and learn more about our powerful and life changing programs!
Posted by: Zag FH AT 10:27 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Saturday, October 25 2008
After celebrating 5 years of service as the only hockey tours by hockey peopletm, 2009 and 2010 expects to be our best program line up yet.  From Japan/Hawaii to South Africa to China our 2009 programs will touch on all corners of the hockey globe.  Now is the perfect time to plan for 2009 or get a jumpstart for 2010!  We have programs for every budget and more hockey programs in more countries around the world.  Check out our program line up by clicking on the map on our homepage or by vising the tours and events section of our site. 
We will be highlighting a few of the programs in the next few weeks, so check back soon!
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