The S.K.A.T.E. program has become one of the most successful initiatives in youth athletics because it enjoys the universal support of young hockey players, parents and youth hockey organizations. The lifeblood of the S.K.A.T.E. program are the hundreds of volunteers at the local level who help to organize, activate and execute the program for the kids in their respective communities.
As competitors, young players set goals for themselves on the ice and in the classroom. Like the cheers they hear for goals, assists and good hustle, they respond positively to recognition and reward for their performances in the classroom. The fact is, 99% of youth hockey players will never play professional hockey, so the idea of placing greater emphasis on education makes sense.
We invite every youth hockey organization in America to participate in the S.K.A.T.E. program. It's fairly easy to implement and history shows that it attracts outstanding support from players, coaches, parents and corporate sponsors.
The Skaters Keep Achieving Through Education (S.K.A.T.E.) program will celebrate its 24th anniversary this season, having started at the Armstrong Youth Hockey Association in 1993-94. Once again, one of the original founders of the S.K.A.T.E. program, Joanne O'Leary, will serve serve as the Director of the program.
Joanne will be working very closely with all of the local association representatives to assist in registration and implementation of the program. She knows the program as good as anyone in the country and we're delighted to have her on board! To reach Joanne, send along an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call her mobile number 763-458-4827.
We are eternally grateful to all the volunteers at the local level who keep this program chugging along and invite your input on ways to make the program better. Good luck to everyone this season!