New York Rangers Assist presented by Chase will be taking applications from local rinks and youth hockey programs for the 2015-16 season. The program will choose 2 applicants to receive a $25,000 donation in the form of training supplies and equipment that are needed by the program. The recipient and the New York Rangers will work together to determine what is most needed to help the recipients program/ facility help grow the game of hockey amongst youth in the tri-state area.
In the 2014-15 season, the NY Rangers Assist recipients were the Mackay Ice Rink in Englewood, NJ and the Riverbank State Park Ice Rink in Manhattan. Riverbank State Park provides children with the opportunity to play hockey at a very low cost by keeping their registration fees minimal and providing free loaner equipment to its players. Through the NY Rangers Assist program, Riverbank was provided with new sets of equipment, an off-ice training zone, and cross-ice dashers to break up the ice during practice sessions to make room for more kids on the ice during practices.
Mackay Ice Rink in Englewood, NJ had just re-opened after 2 years of being closed to allow for the finishing repairs from hurricane Sandy. The rink, which was starting from scratch needed help developing an in house youth hockey program for the children from the town of Englewood. The Rangers Assist program was able to provide them with all the tools they needed to run their own program which is taking its first round of registrations this year!
In addition, Rangers Assist will also donate a set of cross-ice dashers to 4 rinks across the tri-state area to promote USA Hockey’s American Development Model which allows more kids on the ice during practice and increase puck touches from players.
For the first time this year, rinks and youth programs can also apply to receive donated equipment that they can utilize for their youth programs to help lower equipment costs that hinder participation. Rangers center Derek Stepan has said of the Assist program, “Collecting equipment for young kids and getting them on the ice, anything that we can do to help is great.”
Click Here to apply for Rangers Assist or learn more about the program.