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ESYHF to Send 14 Inner-City Youth to Primeau Hockey Camp

by Staff Writer / Philadelphia Flyers
ESYHF participants (front row, l to r) Salim Ellis and Christopher Rondon, (back row, l to r) Joseph Dorety, Darrell Lettsome, Virlen Reyes and Glenn Harrell are ready to travel to former Flyers Keith Primeau’s hockey camp in Oshawa, Ontario (August 11-17).
The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation (ESYHF) is taking a diverse group of youngsters from the Greater Philadelphia Region to Oshawa, Ontario (Canada), to attend former Philadelphia Flyers Keith Primeau and Derek Smith’s Durham Hockey Institute from Saturday, August 11 through Friday, August 17.


The 14 boys and girls have earned this unique opportunity through their attendance and performance both on-the-ice and in the classroom during the past year’s ESYHF School Day program. This seven-day excursion will be the first ever trip out of the City for many of these youngsters, who mostly come from underserved, inner-city neighborhoods. The group will travel by bus, allowing for stopovers at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada, and a Buffalo Bisons baseball game along the way.

“We have seen tremendous growth in many of our young participants both on the ice and off the ice,” said ESYHF President Scott Tharp. “We’re very excited to send this diverse group of students to Oshawa for participation in one of the best hockey camps. This will be an experience of a lifetime for so many of these participants.”

“To provide opportunities for those who otherwise could only dream of such possibilities is an integral part of the ESYHF mission,” said Snider. “We are gratified to be able to bring such dreams to fruition for this very deserving group of youngsters.”

The ESYHF participants will take part in six on ice sessions, attend eight classroom sessions which include lectures and videos, train in three off-ice conditioning sessions and play in four full scrimmage games.

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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