Academic services are a top priority. Innovative programs are designed to complement in-school lessons, while promoting a lifelong enjoyment of reading, critical thinking, and group communication. Homework help, private tutoring, and our own Reading Buddies literacy curriculum are core components of our After School Excellence Program, which has proven to keep our students on track for on-time graduation.
The academic and athletic skills that our young people acquire are much more valuable when coupled with the life lessons necessary to be successful students, athletes, and citizens. Snider Hockey’s Life Skills curriculum focuses on helping students build the capacity to understand themselves and others. Our lessons equip our students with attributes such as empathy, respect, responsibility, accountability, and teamwork. The net result is young people who learn to make healthy choices, remain strong, and even thrive in the face of challenges.
For under-served kids in urban neighborhoods with high rates of gang-related crime and violence, as well as academic underachievement, the qualities of individual responsibility, good citizenship, self-confidence, accountability, and effective self-control are not abstract aspirations, but essential life skills.
Snider Hockey holds the belief that the sport of hockey is particularly effective in engendering these important attributes in our boys and girls. And – Snider Hockey affords these children the opportunity to play a sport that because of cost would otherwise be unavailable to them. All equipment, coaching, ice time and travel are provided at no cost to our participants!
Snider Hockey’s staff fully understands the need to support our students in helping them achieve healthy and safe adolescent development. Our coaches and academic aides are positive adult role models whose consistent mentoring helps to instill confidence and positive self-esteem in our youth.
As we build relationships with our children, youth, and families, we also work closely with their teachers and schools. Pertinent data such as grade-to-grade matriculation, behavioral changes, tardiness, and attendance is diligently collected from School District report cards. This provides empirical evidence that helps us evaluate and measure the overall success of our programs.
Snider Hockey serves as a bridge between our students, families, and their multiple worlds - trusting that through their commitment to our programs, they will receive much-needed support and information that will help them navigate through school and community life. In turn, school professionals know that they can turn to Snider Hockey to help reach families. They see our rinks as hubs for learning and growth – truly working to unite these communities.
Hockey is a team sport, which is competitive and collaborative at the same time. The greatest outcomes result from player interaction. In addition, hockey requires competitive participants to always be accountable to their teammates for their individual actions. Players must be strong and confident individuals, but also good teammates and citizens.
Few sports are at the same time as physical and cerebral as hockey, requiring stamina and quickness, sudden conviction, and exceptional patience. The game helps young players improve their ability to focus their thoughts while developing physical strength, speed, and flexibility.
Is participation in the sport of hockey a magic bullet for young urban kids? Unfortunately, it is not! But, hockey, in combination with academic services, life skill lessons, and mentoring, is working to create a long-lasting impact on our boys and girls. Snider Hockey promotes the sport of hockey because it promotes a responsible form of tenacity, which can be instrumental to kids throughout their personal and professional development. And, as Snider Hockey continues its journey to serve the deserving young people in urban communities, it is clear that our programs are making a positive difference in the lives of thousands of children and the communities in which they live.