Emigrant/NHL Street Rangers Take Hockey to the NYC Streets
/ New York Rangers
In continuing support of NYR SKATE's community initiative, the Rangers are pleased to be involved in the NIKE/NHL Street grassroots street hockey program with the organization's Street Rangers® program, presented by Emigrant Savings Bank. Developed to make the game of hockey more accessible to kids and promote education, sportsmanship and fitness, the Street Rangers program will enlist 50 sites throughout the five-borough area of New York City. Participating Street Rangers sites will provide children with street hockey equipment and general game instruction in a safe, structured environment.
During the fall of 1993, the NHL embarked on its' most aggressive effort at expanding the appeal of the sport, NHL Youth Street Hockey, which has since evolved into NIKE/NHL Street. Targeted at children ages 6-16, this program has provided as many as 1 million kids access to the sport of hockey. The NHL seeks to facilitate the already burgeoning growth and interest in the sport of hockey in the simplest way possible, by enabling kids to grow up playing the game almost anywhere. The program is currently active in 26 NHL markets throughout North America.
NYR SKATE (Seeing Kids Achieve, Triumph and Excel) was established in January 1998, as a division of the Madison Square Garden Cheering for Children Foundation, designed to enrich the lives of children in the tri-state area. Through monies raised this season from fundraising programs including in-game silent auctions and raffles, GardenVision sweet spot messages, outer mall activities and special events including Draft Day '99 and SuperSkate '99 - the Rangers will provide financial assistance to a variety of children's charities and community programs such as NIKE/NHL Street Rangers.