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GARDEN OF DREAMS AND RANGERS POWER PLAYERS PROGRAM

PHOTOS: WHEDco Launch Event
PHOTOS: Harlem Dowling Launch Event
PHOTOS: Children's Aid Society Launch Event

Last year, Garden of Dreams and the New York Rangers launched the first ever Garden of Dreams and Rangers Power Players street hockey program. The program kicked off in November and culminated after six weeks of instruction in a round robin tournament. Throughout the program, the children learned basic street hockey skills and life skills led by Rangers’ Hockey Development Staff and were exposed to various facets of the game.

Former Rangers star Brian Mullen drops the puck to start the first scrimmage of the 2012-13 Power Players program at Harlem Dowling on Nov. 19.
MORE PHOTOS FROM HARLEM DOWLING
WHEDco EVENT on Nov. 16
CHILDREN'S AID SOCIETY EVENT on Nov. 27
This year, Garden of Dreams and the Rangers are proud to continue the program to introduce new children to street hockey while also allowing last year’s participants to receive further instruction.

The Power Players program continues to pride itself on six values: Commitment, Excellence, Fun, Respect, Responsibility and Teamwork. At each weekly clinic, one of the six values is stressed by the Rangers’ Hockey Development instructors to help reinforce important life lessons that the children may have learned previously at home or in the classroom.

Three Garden of Dreams partner organizations will be participating in this year’s Power Players program: Children’s Aid Society, Harlem Dowling and WHEDco. Each partner location will have 25 new children and up to 25 “selects” from last year returning for advanced instruction. As a part of the program, all partner locations will receive street hockey equipment for their facility, t-shirts for all participants and a number of different goodies for their commitment to the six weeks of instruction.

POWER PLAYERS PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Launch event at each partner location
  • November 16 at WHEDco with Nick Fotiu
  • November 19 at Harlem Dowling with Brian Mullen
  • November 27 at Children’s Aid Society with Dave Maloney
Six weeks of hockey clinics (one per week) – 2 hours each (separate hockey instruction for beginners & selects)
  • November 2012 – January 2013
Selects “Try Ice Hockey for Free” Clinic – 2 hour event  (TBD)
  • Date and Location TBD
Round Robin Tournament – 3 hour event
  • January 18 at WHEDCo (Rangers Alumni to be on hand)

PARTNER ORGANIZATION INFORMATION

Children’s Aid Society

For 150 Years, the Children’s Aid Society has had a single mission: to do whatever New York City’s neediest children need. Its goal is to ensure the physical and emotional well being of children and families, and to provide every child with the support and opportunities needed to become a happy, healthy and successful adult. They provide services for every aspect of a child’s life, from infancy through adolescence, and include education, health, counseling, adoption and foster care, career readiness, arts and recreation, and emergency assistance. Visit www.childrensaidsociety.org for more info.

Harlem Dowling

As a not-for-profit child welfare agency, the mission of the Harlem Dowling-West Side Center for Children and Family Services is to serve and assist children and their families in crises and distress. Among the services that Harlem Dowling provides are: foster care, adoption, preventative services, and related assistance to children and their families to enable them to live in a stable and nurturing environment. Visit www.harlemdowling.org for more info.

WHEDco

WHEDco works with families in the Bronx who struggle with the multiple challenges presented by poverty, and who, like all of us, aspire to a healthy, financially stable future. WHEDCo offers interconnected, innovative, and high quality solutions – including the building of healthy, affordable homes – and because of this, the Bronx is a more beautiful, more equitable, and more economically vibrant place to live and raise a family. Visit www.whedco.org for more info.


ABOUT GARDEN OF DREAMS

The Garden of Dreams Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity that works with The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) to positively impact the lives of children facing obstacles. Through ongoing programs that use the magic of MSG – including the Knicks, the Rangers, the Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Networks and Fuse – the Foundation develops strong, long-term relationships that truly change lives. Since its inception in September 2006, Garden of Dreams has created thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences that have brought joy and happiness to more than 225,000 children and their families, including those facing homelessness, extreme poverty, illness and foster care. For more information, visit gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.