Growing Our Game With Help From Snider Hockey

While I’ve never been on a pair of skates (not a day in my 70 years!), I must say I’m impressed with what skating — particularly ice hockey — has done for the lives of a bunch of underserved kids from the inner cities in Philadelphia.

I’m talking about a program called Snider Hockey, which is run by the nonprofit Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation. Ed is chairman of Comcast Spectacor and the Philadelphia Flyers. He launched the program years ago with the Philadelphia School District to teach hockey as part of physical education. Before long Ed realized it was much more than hockey these kids were learning, so his foundation created a five-day-a-week after school program that also provides tutors for kids who need academic help.