The New York Rangers and Chase today announced plans for several new grassroots youth hockey projects for the 2014-15 season as part of the New York Rangers Assist Supported by Chase community initiative. This season, the program has identified the John T. Wright Arena/Mackay Rink in Englewood, NJ and the Riverbank State Park Youth Hockey Program in Harlem as the marquee projects for the platform. In addition, Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh will serve as a spokesperson for the initiative.
The Rangers Assist program was created in response to the damage that Hurricane Sandy caused to local hockey rinks and is designed to improve the youth hockey experience and increase opportunities and accessibility to the sport.
“It’s important to make the game of hockey as accessible to our young fan base as possible,” said Rangers Captain Ryan McDonagh. “Through the New York Rangers Assist Program, we will reach younger hockey fans that have a passion for the sport by providing a variety of opportunities that can help them play the game and develop their skills.”
As part of the program, each of the youth hockey organizations will receive a $25,000 donation from the Rangers and Chase that will be used to help reduce participation fees for hockey events, buy new equipment for area families and expand learn to skate classes, along with the training provided to volunteer coaches to improve their ability to teach the game.
“We are proud that this initiative has continued to grow since it launched two years ago,” said Michael Guth, Executive Vice President of Marketing, MSG Sports. “With the help of our great partner Chase, this very important platform will reach even more youth hockey players this season. This program further expands the Rangers longstanding commitment to increase accessibility to the sport of hockey throughout the tri-state area community by helping provide support through equipment donations, free clinics and coaches training.”
Over the past two years, this initiative has provided rink refurbishments, donated equipment, provided free clinics for thousands of children and held Rangers alumni charity hockey games at the Long Beach Ice Arena, Playland Ice Casino in Rye, the New Rochelle Lightning Hockey Program and the Greater New York City Ice Hockey League in Coney Island.
“We’re looking forward to building on the strong momentum from a successful Rangers Assist campaign last year,” said Colleen Canny, Senior Vice President and Northeast Region Manager for Chase. ”Partnering with the Rangers to help spread youth hockey in the tri-state has given us the opportunity to impact a large community we serve in a very unique way.”
Along with the two marquee projects, the Rangers Assist program will also focus on local community drives for youth hockey equipment, which will be donated to 30 Rangers Partner Rinks across the tri-state region throughout the year, giving new skaters and children in need complimentary access to equipment. For more information on donating equipment, please visit www.nyrangers.com/assist
The Rangers and Chase will also select four community rinks to receive a $5,000 donation to help increase local accessibility to the game.
Last season, under their Go Skate! youth hockey platform the Rangers held over 300 community events in the tri-state area, giving more than 10,000 youth the opportunity to experience hockey through free camps, clinics, and skating events. New York Rangers Assist supported by Chase is part of an expanding list of Rangers Go Skate! community initiatives that focus on growing hockey throughout the tri-state.