On June 29, Adam Graves visited Children’s Village on behalf of the Rangers and Garden of Dreams Foundation to conduct a special street hockey clinic for 30 youth.
|Rangers great Adam Graves talks to the 30 youngsters who took part in the June 29 street hockey clinic at Children's Village in Dobbs Ferry. |
The clinic, which was held at the Children's Village campus in Dobbs Ferry, NY, was part of an on-going program that introduces children of Garden of Dreams’ partner organizations to the game of hockey at the grassroots level.
“I always look forward to visiting the Children’s Village campus”, said Graves, “It was an absolute pleasure being able to speak with the kids and introduce them to the Rangers family.”
After greeting the children, Graves discussed teamwork, safety, and respect with the youngsters and went over some basic hockey rules and regulations. He then divided the children in two groups with half involved in an organized scrimmage and the other half taking turns at the Rangers slap shot booth.
Once both groups had an opportunity to participate in each of the activities, Graves sat the kids down and spoke to them about the responsibility that comes with being a part of the Rangers family. With all of the kids pledging to accept the responsibility, Graves presented each of them with Rangers jerseys.
In addition to receiving jerseys, the children also were treated to snacks, gift bags and autographs.
For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and fuse to "make dreams come true for kids facing obstacles," please log onto gardenofdreamsfoundation.org