Reading a book is as important as being able to “read” the ice and so the Sharks Foundation established the Reading is Cool program to encourage young Sharks fans to open up a book and read.
The San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation hosted their final Reading Is Cool Private Practice on Wednesday morning at Sharks Ice at San Jose, the official practice facility of the San Jose Sharks.
“The Reading Is Cool program has more than doubled in the past four seasons and the private practice element is by far our most popular activity,” Sharks Foundation Manager Laura Johnson said. “I think the kids are overwhelmed to see the team and the players really enjoy their energy and excitement.”
Ann Braunstein, a fifth grade teacher from Booksin School in Willow Glen, brought 32 fifth grade students from her class and 32 in another class to the special event.
“We have been involved with Reading Is Cool for a number of years and it’s a nice way of tying the community together with the Sharks and encourages the kids,” said Braunstein. “To be invited here is just really exciting for us.”
The morning began as the classes were welcomed by the Reading Is Cool staff.
All students were provided a Hockey 101 handout for use while Johnson and Fan Development Manager Jeff Cafuir covered the basics of hockey and explained how practice works and what the students would see.
Just before the players took to the ice, the students had a question and answer session with Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe
to get even further insight into what it is like to be a professional hockey player.
The students then watched practice for an hour and had the option to stay for lunch and purchase passes to the open Public Skate Sessions.
For more information on Reading Is Cool, please visit www.SharksFoundation.org