This week, Canes Youth and Amateur Hockey kicked off its Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) In-School Program. The WCPSS In-School Program is going into its sixth year and has seen the majority of Wake County Elementary and Middle Schools over the course of the past five years. This program provides professional hockey instruction to students, but at the same time promotes good behavior, teamwork, sportsmanship and a healthy lifestyle.
We opened up this season on Tuesday at Fox Road Elementary School. Paul Strand, George Brown and myself went out and worked with a group of 22 fifth-grade students in their physical education class. We worked on stick handling, passing and shooting through basic drills and friendly competition. This group of students was VERY enthusiastic (some of those kids could scream!) and we saw a great amount of improvement during the 45-minute time span we were there.
On Wednesday, we headed out to West Lake Elementary school and instructed two groups of 30 kids. West Lake has a hockey unit that is taught in its physical education classes, so needless to say these kids were already ball hockey pros! We provided them with some instruction, in which they also worked on their stick handling, passing and shooting skills, and at the end were able to use what they learned in a scrimmage.
At the end of each clinic, we awarded a few students with bobbleheads for their hard work, enthusiasm, determination and sportsmanship. Even though we were unable to give out prizes to everyone, all of the students at both schools definitely put forth their best effort and impressed our staff.
Overall, our first week of this year’s in-school program started off on the right foot! We’re looking forward to reaching out to other schools in the county and giving students the opportunity to participate in a sport that many are unfamiliar with!If you are a principal or teacher within the WCPSS and are interested in having us visit your school, please contact Kalee Stoever via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (919) 861-7130.