ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals hosted a street hockey clinic at D.C. Public School’s Shepherd Elementary School featuring alumnus Alan May on Feb. 17. The event coincided with the launch of a new street hockey curriculum district-wide, developed by the Capitals in partnership with DCPS.
Beginning this month, 111 public schools across Washington, D.C., will introduce more than 48,000 of the district’s students to hockey through a multi-week street hockey curriculum, which will become a core unit in the physical education program.
At Shepherd, May directed a street hockey session in the school’s gymnasium with fifth-grade students. Using curriculum developed by the Capitals, May and Capitals staff guided students through drills focusing on stickhandling, passing and shooting. The school will continue teaching students street hockey using equipment donated by the team and the curriculum developed by the Capitals and DCPS.
The Capitals and DCPS developed the curriculum for teachers to use in the street hockey program based on the USA Hockey American Development Model. In December the Capitals provided each elementary, middle and high school P.E. teacher in the city with hockey skills training from the Washington Capitals community relations and youth hockey staff. In January the Capitals provided each school with a full set of branded street hockey equipment specifically designed for their students. During the school year, Capitals staff will continue to provide guidance and instruction to DCPS, and select schools will be invited to the Capitals practice facility to watch the team practice and participate in a free skate.
The programming is part of the Capitals’ investment of more than $1.6 million toward the development of youth hockey in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., funded primarily by the National Hockey League’s Industry Growth Fund (IGF). $300,000 has been awarded to initiatives focusing on diversity and $900,000 has been allocated toward the advancement of ball and street hockey. The Capitals will contribute an additional $401,000 toward the growth of youth hockey in support of the project. Read more.