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Save the Riverbank Hockey Midgets

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Riverbank State Park is considering cutting the Midget level (ages 15 through 18) from its ice hockey program. This would be a tremendous blow to the young people in our neighborhood.

There is no other Midget program that will take kids with just a year or two of playing hockey, but some of those kids are our most-dedicated players. There is no other Midget program that will let kids play a full season of games for $200 -- it costs thousands of dollars to play anywhere else, money many of our players don't have. There is no other travel program that kids can play in if they don't have a car -- practices are out in New Jersey, up in Westchester,  or in far-flung parts of the city. There are very few Midget programs period, as opportunities  thin out.

Here's what one parent said about the program: "Hockey is not a game solely for the privileged, I learned this a Riverbank. Like many other families I cannot afford thousands of dollars each season for my son to play a sport he loves. Please do not take this opportunity away from our children."

And here's another parent on the positive effects of having a team for teenagers: "It is much more than hockey. The Midget program provides kids with a positive, healthy alternative use of their time at a critical age in their development. If they are on the ice they are not on the streets or on video games. If they are with a group of adults from 8-10 or 9-11 during the week, they are in a positive environment being mentored and developing lasting relationships with other athletes."

We come from different races, ethnic backgrounds and income levels, and we play together as a team -- why would you want to destroy that?

We ask the park to commit to continuing the Midgets as part of the program, not only next year, but for the future. 

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