Here is a story from USAHockey.com about a great New York City sports program - Ice Hockey In Harlem (IHIH) - that just received a $25,000 Royal Bank of Canada Play Hockey grant. IHIH is a non-profit organization based in Harlem, and for 25 years this program has been helping young kids mature through hockey.
The organization accepts up to 225 students — boys and girls from the ages of 4 to 17 who live north of 110th street in Harlem. The waiting list is 50 students long, and those accepted (based on a first come, first served basis) get free equipment and participate in skating clinics, scrimmages and educational sessions from October to early April at Central Park’s Lasker Rink.
“Our purpose is to not just get kids out on the ice, teach them about teamwork, but it’s also about the values and the character building that goes along with playing any organized sport,” said IHIH Executive Director John Sanful. “For those of us who grew up watching hockey, playing hockey, there’s a certain passion that we have for it, and we think it’s important to share what we know about a sport that we love and care about so much.”
Congratulations IHIH - what a great grant to receive.