Worcester Railers HC announce new community initiative: Skate to Success
Over 2,500 fourth graders from the Worcester Public School System will participate in Railers HC flagship community program
Worcester, MA – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club (@RailersHC), proud ECHL (@ECHL) affiliate of the New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) has officially announced their flagship community initiative Skate to Success.
Skate to Success is a learn to skate program that takes place at the state of the art Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center and will service over 2,500 fourth grade students from the Worcester Public School system.
Every Tuesday from September through late March, the Railers bus 100 fourth grade students to the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. Each student gets suited up with skates and a helmet before receiving instruction from Railers players, coaches and staff along with Boston Bruins alumni on the two ice sheets of ice.
After each skate, all students are fed a lunch from the Niche Hospitality Group and receive a Skate to Success Railers welcome packet which includes a Railers school folder, pencils, and a Skate to Success long sleeve jersey shirt. All students also receive autographs from Railers players and mascot TRAX.
The Skate to Success program is at no cost to the students or the City of Worcester thanks to The Worcester Railers Foundation and the following sponsors:
- The Hanover Insurance Group
- Worcester Business Development Corporation
- Niche Hospitality Group
“The Railers are excited to provide access to the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center to students throughout the city of Worcester,” said Railers HC president Mike Myers. “Our goal is to give all students throughout Worcester the opportunity to try ice skating at no cost in hopes that we can turn them into future hockey players. The Railers would like to thank Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda for her unwavering support and all of our sponsors to make this program a reality.”
“The Worcester Public Schools generously thanks the Worcester Railers for hosting our students in the Skate to Success Program. It is an exciting opportunity for all of our fourth-grade students to receive free skate lessons from professional athletes,” said Worcester Public Schools Superintendent Maureen Binienda. “Our teachers and students have given the program rave reviews and we look forward to the continued partnership with the Railers.”
On Saturday, November 11, the Railers conclude their five game homestand on Veteran’s Day Appreciation Night with a 7:05pm start vs. the Manchester Monarchs. It is another BIG GAME SATURDAY as Bobby Orr and Derek Sanderson will drop the ceremonial puck before the game presented by Rectrix Aviation!
The Railers Tavern, located behind the DCU Center is now open and will provide hockey fans with a great pregame and postgame atmosphere all season long. Listen to all Railers games live on 98.9 Nash ICON with coverage beginning 30 minutes before puck drop. Full season memberships, mini plans, and group tickets are on sale now by calling the Railers front office at 508-365-1750 or by visiting www.RailersHC.com.