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City Council President, Washington Capitals, and Rec & Parks Celebrate Expanded Youth Street Hockey Program with Summer Tournament
Tournament play runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday morning


BALTIMORE, MD – City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young will welcome the Washington Capitals to Baltimore Wednesday morning for the third consecutive summer for an expanded effort to give Baltimore youth an opportunity to play street hockey in recreation centers across the city. The program, which has grown to include 10 rec centers and more than 1,000 children this summer, will culminate with a citywide tournament at The Dome in East Baltimore on Wednesday, August 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As part of Council President Young’s ongoing P.L.A.Y. campaign (Productive Lives, Active Youth), the Capitals’ youth hockey development team trained  recreation center employees on shooting, stickhandling, and passing skills. The employees have passed along those skills to camp participants in the program. In addition, Capitals’ staff ran clinics that included students from all 10 recreation centers leading up to the final tournament.

The 10 rec centers included in this summer’s street hockey programming are Robert C. Marshall, Chick Webb, Madison Square, Medfield, Mary C. Rodman, Virginia Baker/Patterson Park, Liberty, Herring Run, Carroll F. Cook, and Roosevelt. The initiative began with clinics at two centers in 2010 and expanded to six centers in 2011.

“Expanding this program provides hundreds of students with healthy outlets during the summer and teaches them new skills, like teamwork and cooperation, which are useful during the school year,” Council President Young said. “Street hockey is another effective component of my P.L.A.Y. campaign, and the Washington Capitals have again stepped up to bring outstanding youth programming to Baltimore.”

The Capitals also donated 10 full sets of hockey equipment to the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, which have a cumulative value of about $5,000.

Wednesday’s tournament will transform The Dome, a nationally renowned basketball court in East Baltimore, into a street hockey haven, complete with five rinks, the Red Rockers, a DJ, professional instruction, and a visit from Slapshot, the Capitals’ mascot.

“The City of Baltimore and Council President Young have embraced not only the Caps but the sport of street hockey as well,” said Peter Robinson, Washington Capitals Amateur Hockey and Fan Development Coordinator. “The enthusiasm we see from the kids to the Rec & Parks staff is phenomenal. There is a new generation of hockey fans and players in this city and we want to provide them with as much access to the sport as we can. This program is a great start.”

 

WHEN: Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Play will begin at 10:30 a.m. on five rinks. The championship game will begin around 2:15 p.m. and will conclude around 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: The Dome, 1401 E. Biddle Street.


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