The Washington Capitals announced recently Breaking The Ice™, a new program designed to introduce first-time hockey players to the game at home, featuring an instructional video series led by the Black-owned nonprofit Dc Mamba. Through Breaking The Ice, conducted in association with the NHL, NHLPA and Franklin Sports, the Capitals will provide a low-cost street hockey equipment set to each registrant. The program is designed for kids ages fourteen and younger.
The street hockey equipment set is designed for first time players and includes two straight-blade sticks, one ball and one net. As part of the program, Dc Mamba coaches and founders Rock Ba’th, Shemar Barnes and James Jackson filmed a series of instructional videos that each registrant will have access to watch at CapsYouthHockey.com/BreakingTheIce. The program costs $20 and includes the set of equipment shipped to participant’s home. Once registered, participants will be able to access exclusive instructional videos.
“The Dc Mamba dream is to change the face of hockey, to encompass all colors, and our partnership alongside the Capitals shows that dream is closer to a reality,” said Ba’th. “Together we are excited to see our mission come to life. Hockey has never been taught on camera the “Dc Mamba Way,” and through the “Breaking The Ice” initiative, together with the Capitals we will help equip and introduce a future generation to hockey, while also breaking barriers in the game we love.”
To register for Breaking The Ice, click here. Street hockey equipment sets will be mailed to the registrant’s home. Participants will receive access to the instructional videos, designed to introduce entry-level players to basic hockey skills.
“The Washington Capitals are excited to launch this new program as part of our commitment to provide access to the sport of hockey to everyone in our market,” said Capitals director of youth hockey development Peter Robinson. “The partnership with Dc Mamba is instrumental to our mission and the instructional videos bring a new element to learning hockey at home in this new virtual world. Our goal is to provide everyone that wants an opportunity to play hockey the chance to play, and this program provides a low-cost entry point without having to leave the house.”
Dc Mamba is a Black-owned nonprofit whose mission is to make hockey more accessible by introducing youth across the region to street and ice hockey. With a goal of providing character building sports experience and creating a passion for the game, the organization’s open clinics are designed for all genders in the four to sixteen-year age range. Dc Mamba focuses on three guiding principles: employing future leaders, empowering communities, and no colors bound dreams. For more information about Dc Mamba, click here.
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