Free hockey lessons for Flint children

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FLINT (WJRT) (1/11/2018) - The Flint Inner City Youth Hockey program is looking for more kids who want to learn how to play hockey and organizers are making a pretty good offer to teach kids the sport.

For the first 30 kids to apply and qualify, they'll be able to learn how to ice skate and play hockey absolutely free, including free rental of all the equipment involved.

But leaders in the Flint Inner City Youth Hockey program are having trouble finding kids who want to participate.

The program geared toward children ages 8 to 11, teaching them how to ice skate and play hockey.

"When I looked at it and all the entities and all the people that make this happen -- and we don't have kids," said Rico Phillips of Flint Inner City Youth Hockey. "It is frustrating only in the sense of I'm not sure how we can appeal better to those kids."

Registration includes use of ice hockey equipment from head to toe, ice skating and hockey lessons, free jersey and free hockey stick.

The MTA will provide free transportation to and from the Dort Federal Event Center through Your Ride each week for the nine weeks of the program.

A captain with the Flint Firebirds will be on hand to teach proper technicque.

This program is strictly for kids who live in Flint. Hockey is not a traditional sport in the inner city but organizers feel it can be a great way to teach life lessons.

So far only three kids have signed up compared to 17 who signed up last year. See Related Links on the right side of this story for a link to the registration page.

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