The Washington Capitals, along with the National Hockey League and CCM have provided a generous donation to the DMV’s “Learn to Play” program for the upcoming 2016-17 hockey season!
The “Learn to Play” program will provide each participating child with a full equipment package which will include: skates, helmet, shoulder pads, elbow pads, shin guards, pants, gloves, jersey, stick and an equipment bag! And the players can keep all of this equipment when the season ends!
As many of us can imagine, there are a lot of barriers to entry when considering introducing a child to the sport of hockey. For many families, the initial financial outlay can and does top the list of considerations. And many times it’s the deterring factor that often results in choosing another sport for their child.
NoVa Caps recently published an article about developing hockey players in the DMV. You can review that article by clicking here. The “Learn to Play” program is a wonderful means to expose many children in the DMV to hockey.
We are extremely fortunate for programs such as the “Learn to Play” program. By providing children with a full equipment package, at no cost to the family, a significant amount of the initial financial outlay is completely taken care of. And the “Learn to Play” program is provided without any consideration to a families financial resources. It’s primary purpose is to provide the necessary equipment so that an introduction to the sport of hockey can be made to as many children as possible.
The Reston (Virginia) Raiders Hockey Club recently announced that their club was a recipient of the “Learn to Play” program and that every one of their 8 & Under players who registers for their Initiation Program this upcoming season will receive a free full equipment package provided by the “Learn to Play” program.
After the players are registered, the Reston Raiders Hockey Club, along with Skate Quest, their rink partner, will work with each child and their families to ensure that every child is properly fitted for their equipment. And each order will be fulfilled by the Washington Capitals.
For more information about the Reston Raiders Hockey Club, you can visit their website by clicking here.
By Beckie Reilly