NY Ranger Steve Eminger Helps Launch Hockey Program at Milbank

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Steve Eminger, defensive player for the NY Rangers, joined a group of 30 eager children on Thursday, November 17 to launch The Garden of Dreams and Rangers Power Players Program at the Dunlevy Milbank Center.

The Garden of Dreams Foundation and the NY Rangers designed the six-week street hockey program to teach children ages 10-14 the basics of the game as well as to pique children’s interest in hockey as a recreational sport.  In partnership with three organizations including The Children’s Aid Society, the program offers children a chance to participate in a street hockey, which is not a sport that is typically accessible to children from low-income, high-needs communities.  The program removes some of the barriers to hockey by providing the necessary equipment for gameplay and knowledgeable coaches to help children understand the finer points of the game.

At the Power Players launch party, children learned how to properly hold the hockey stick, pass the puck, and how to shoot.  The program provides children with their team’s t-shirts (green and purple) as well as hockey sticks, street-hockey balls, goalie padding and sticks, and goal nets.

Children at Milbank will meet on Wednesday afternoons for skill building activities, practice and gameplay, coached by members of the NY Rangers staff, Tim Webb and Jason Negron.

Following six-weeks of skill-building activities, the program will culminate in January/February 2012 with a 3-hour round robin tournament with all teams in the program.  Participants will earn a medal, certificate of completion and a NY Rangers Jersey following the tournament.

For more information about the Garden of Dreams and NY Rangers Power Players Program at Milbank, contact Casper Lassiter at (212) 996-1716 or casperl@childrensaidsociety.org.