Jan. 17, 2013
PROVIDENCE, R.I -
The Providence College women's ice hockey team has teamed up with Skate For Joy to help launch an Inner City Ice Hockey Club. Skate For Joy is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing ice skating to inner-city under-served children. The program is supported by Councilman Nicholas Narducci.
"The Skate for Joy Organization is a perfect partnership for us," Head Coach Bob Deraney stated. "Their initiative to bring the fun of skating and ice hockey to the community is something we felt we needed to get involved with and welcome the opportunity they have provided us. The Skate for Joy program represents a lot of the same values that I hope our players and program possess. It is the perfect initiative to share the sport we love with the youth of our community and it is a true joy and privilege to be involved with."
The players from the women's ice hockey team will join Skate For Joy every Monday to lend a hand on the ice. Players will assist in teaching skills in physical fitness as well as helping teach children how to respect themselves and others. Skate For Joy looks to create an environment that will assist each child in building self-esteem.
"The kids were awesome to be around and they were all so eager to work with us and learn," freshman goaltender Allie Morse (Cottage Grove, Minn.) shared about the team's involvement with Skate For Joy. "I think it's great that our team is supporting this event."
The team started helping out with on ice instruction this past Monday, Jan. 14 at the Bank of America Rink in downtown Providence.
"It has been such a great time teaching the kids to skate," freshman Lexi Romanchuk (San Jose, Calif.) stated about the opportunity to help. "Being able to see the excitement the children are experiencing from doing what we love was an amazing feeling and I couldn't be happier the team is helping out."
The Providence coaching staff and the Skate For Joy organization first met during the summer of 2012. With the help of Providence and Coach Deraney, Skate For Joy has successfully launched the first hockey program since the start of the organization in 2001. The Friars help out with on ice instruction every Monday during the Skate For Joy 2012-13 season.
"We here at Skate For Joy cannot say enough about Coach Bob Deraney and his team," Liz DeMetro the Executive Assistant of Skate For Joy shared. "Their support on and off the ice has been instrumental in launching the Skate For Joy hockey program."
Skate For Joy is currently looking for sponsors for their 2012-13 season. To get involved follow the provided link: Get Involved