FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2013
ALABAMA HOCKEY, ANDREWS SPORTS MEDICINE,
CITY OF PELHAM LAUNCH ‘LEARN TO SKATE’ PROGRAM
PELHAM, Ala. (October 7, 2013): Alabama hockey, the City of Pelham and the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center of Birmingham have partnered to launch a free ‘Learn to Skate’ program for kids 13 and younger. This program is designed to teach members of the Birmingham/Pelham community proper and safe skating techniques. The first weekend session is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct.12 at the Pelham Civic Complex & Ice Arena.
The ‘Learn to Skate’ program at the Pelham Civic Complex will be taught by Alabama hockey players as well as professional instructors in an exciting environment overseen by Andrews Sports Medicine physicians and trainers.
“The most important contribution that we can make to kids from the community is to give them the gift of hockey,” said David Noble, Alabama hockey program assistant coach and general manager. “The ‘Learn to Skate’ program will have a positive impact on kids for the rest of their lives into adulthood. Together with Andrews Sports Medicine and the Pelham Ice Arena, we get to give back by introducing a whole generation of Birmingham area kids to the game we all love.,” Noble continued. “You don’t have to play in the NHL to benefit from all that hockey has to offer. And, working with our community partners Andrews as well as the City of Pelham, we feel it is important that kids learn the proper techniques to skating right from the start so that they will safely develop and enjoy their skills.”
The program will be offered on one weekend day a month during the hockey season from October through March. Upcoming free ‘Learn to Skate’ Saturday dates include: Nov. 16, Dec. 14, Jan. 18, 2014 with Sunday sessions on Feb. 23 and March 23. 2014. Except for the initial 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 12, all other learn to skate sessions will take place from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Registration for ‘Learn to Skate’ will take place at the Pelham Ice Arena the day of each scheduled event.
“For Alabama hockey, involving our players in helping the kids in the community is a very important element of our program,” Noble added. “From experience, Bama hockey players have really enjoyed their involvement and the ability to interact with the kids. In a football crazy part of the work, I think we have exposed a lot of young people and their families to skating and the game of hockey. Having Andrews Sports Medicine involved with their physicians and trainers makes the program so complete and just that much more rewarding.”
FROZEN TIDE HOME STAND: The Alabama Frozen Tide hockey team returns to the Pelham Civic complex & Ice Arena for a five-game October home stand beginning on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11- 12 when it takes on the University of South Florida and Christopher Newport College, respectively. The game time for Friday’s game with South Florida is 8:00 p.m. while Saturday’s Christopher Newport match-up is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Frozen Tide then hosts South Carolina on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 17-18 at 8:00 p.m. and Georgia Tech on Thursday, Oct. 24 at 8:00 p.m. to finish out its October run of home games on a schedule that counts a record 16 home appearances at Pelham. All five teams coming to Pelham in October are ranked among the ACHA’s top 15 in the South Region.
ABOUT ALABAMA HOCKEY: An eight-year-old program started in 2005-06, Alabama Crimson Tide hockey competes in the American Collegiate Hockey Association (ACHA) with its four regions, playing an intercollegiate schedule including a late season regional tournament that qualifies teams for D3 national championships. There are more than 150 colleges and university’s playing ACHA D3 hockey. A student-run organization funded separately from the University of Alabama Athletic Association, student-athletes are non-scholarship. Eight of the 14 SEC schools are members of the South East Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC), and the team plays for the SECHC Championship each February. In each of the last two seasons, Alabama has earned a slot in the D3 Nationals to play amongst the best programs in the country, and in 2011-12, won the SECHC Championship. Alabama is hosting the SECHC Championships, Feb. 7-9, at the Pelham Civic Complex. For more information on Alabama Frozen Tide hockey: www.bamahockey.com.