STOCKHOLM, NJ – Building on the initial program that began with a free session in March, the Monarchs will begin a fall session of skating for special needs athletes. The program will begin on Monday, Oct 13 at 6:10 p.m. and will run for five weeks.
The initial event last spring will attended by children ranging in age from 5-18, none of whom had ever skated. Within the first hour, most children were on their feet and even taking shots into the net according to the Monarchs, Brad Meyers.
“The Monarchs have been building towards this program for a few years now and it was heartwarming to see the smiles and delight in the players’ faces being able to participate in hockey for the first time. Due to the success of the event, we are happy to announce our first fall season,” said Meyers.
Talking about the initiative, Meyers said, “The [March] event would not have been possible without the participation of the Skylands Kings coaches, players and parents, who volunteered their time to help out on the ice, or the management of Skylands Ice World who generously donated the ice and loaner equipment for the event.”
Basic equipment will be handed out while supplies last. The cost to participate is $100.
According to Monarchs’ publication, the Monarchs are a non-profit collaborative initiative to enable participation in organized youth sports programs with a focus on teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play through access to facilities and equipment, player and coaching development and mentoring. The Monarchs children develop positive self-esteem and learn skills to help them lead healthy, successful lives.