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Ed Snider Foundation Offering Free Camps

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
(Philadelphia, PA, July 2) - In a new initiative, the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (ESYHF), is offering two free weeklong summer camp programs for Philadelphia-area students to further the skills they have culled from participation in the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Additionally, the summer camp programs stress off-ice learning in a classroom setting.

Two different camp sessions will run from Monday, July 30 through Friday, August 3, and from Monday, August 27 through Friday, August 31, both from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Polonia Bank Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia. Full equipment, ice time, experienced coaching, lunch and snacks will be provided to all players at no cost. No experience is necessary and all new players are encouraged to participate.

Pre-registration is required by visiting or by contacting the Foundation office at 215-952-5271 or 215-618-0055.

Each day features two on-ice sessions and one off-ice skill session. In addition, students can expect to enjoy numerous prizes, games and contests, as well as information sessions on nutrition and fitness, and surprise visits from special guests.

“Due to the overwhelmingly popular demand of our first session (June), we are encouraging interested participants to register right away,” said Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation Executive Director Jim Britt.

Philadelphia Flyers founder, Ed Snider, created the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation as a personal commitment to teach children important life lessons. The program, which utilizes ice hockey to bring inner city children together, stresses the importance of education, teamwork and character development.

The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation uses the sport of ice hockey to bring a diverse population of children together enabling them to enjoy a top-notch sports experience coupled with an array of educational activities and character development. Snider created the Foundation in 2005 with 500 participants. The program has rapidly grown to include over 1,000 participants in just its second full-season.

The mission of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation is to impact the lives of inner city youngsters in the Greater Philadelphia Region by developing programs that incorporate on-ice and off-ice activities, stressing citizenship, academics and life skills. The programs are provided to boys and girls who otherwise would not have opportunities to enjoy ice hockey. The Foundation provides equipment, ice time, and experienced coaching at no cost. The Foundation partners with the School District of Philadelphia to fund the cost of adding ice hockey instruction as part of the School District of Philadelphia’s physical education curriculum for 800 elementary school students from 25 Philadelphia public schools.
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