DinoMights, a Minnesota-based youth development program, features hockey as one of its many important activities for mentoring young people in the community. The philosophy of DinoMights centers around maintaining relationships with youth from their elementary years through high school graduation, and providing them with the various kinds of support they need to become self-assured, competent adults. HP4K's own T.J. McElroy has been helping out as a volunteer this spring in Minneapolis.
On March 15, 2010, HP4K members/Cincinnati Cyclones players partnered with a youth hockey team from the Cincinnati Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) to give a group of underprivileged children from the Cincinnati area a unique opportunity to learn about hockey. HP4K members helped the children suit up with skates, sticks and helmets, and taught participants how to skate, pass and shoot. A pizza party and autograph signing followed the event --- everyone involved had a blast!
CincyAfterSchool is a partnership between the Cincinnati Public Schools and the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, with the goal of improving students’ academic achievement and reducing risk-taking behaviors. Throughout the 09-10 hockey season, HP4K members in Cincinnati have had a blast spending time with kids at Pleasant Ridge Montessori—sharing lessons on leadership and fitness, and playing a lot of floor hockey.