The Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) have had a phenomenal first year on the ice and they are looking to extend their success into the community through the establishment of a hockey program in Clark County School District (CCSD) middle schools.
Representatives of the VGK and the CCSD gathered at Walter Johnson Academy of International Studies last week to announce the partnership that will add hockey to the physical education curriculum at the district’s middle schools.
Through this program, middle schools will receive street hockey equipment consisting of sticks, jerseys, goals and balls courtesy of the VGK. In addition to the equipment, physical education teachers will be provided with professional development and a complete curriculum book to introduce hockey to their students, who will also be provided with handbooks explaining the rules of the game.
The implementation of this program will be phased in at schools during the remainder of the 2017-18 and start of the 2018-19 school years.
In making the announcement, VGK General Manager Kerry Bubolz said the program is part of the vision that owner Bill Foley has had for some time.
“Community is a contact sport,” said Bulbolz. “For us to be successful in this market on a long-term basis, we have got to build the game at the youth level. Ultimately, we are going to get the opportunity to put hockey sticks in literally thousands of kids’ hands in grades six through eight through their PE classes.”
CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky thanked the VGK and community partner NV Energy for making the program possible and he highlighted some of the benefits to students.
“Not only is hockey about skill development, it’s about developing teamwork and collaboration,” said Skorkowsky. “Everything they do is about working together and that is exactly the type of program we want to bring into our schools here in Clark County. We want programs that will not only benefit the physical development of our students, but also the mental and social-emotional development of our kids.”
To view some of the highlights from the event, which also featured the cheerleaders from the school and Chance, the VGK mascot, click this link.