On September 19th & 21st, the Henrik Lundqvist Foundation Young Ambassadors (HLFYAs) had the incredible opportunity to participate in Ice Hockey In Harlem’s Equipment Days. The Equipment Days, which were held at the City College of New York, aim to break down any obstacles that may prevent children from participating in the sport, by supplying them with a full set of hockey equipment. Young Ambassadors helped a variety of new and returning youth players find what equipment was suitable for them, sharpen skates, and even make new friends within the program.

Through the Young Ambassadors’ participation, not only did they help create a memorable day for many young athletes in Harlem, but they saw firsthand how many small acts of generosity can have such a profound impact on communities. As it brought the great joy of giving back, it also highlighted the power of Hockey acting as a great unifying force, where people of all backgrounds can come together as one.

Hockey in Harlem is a non-profit organization that focuses on making hockey accessible to children, in underserved communities. The program, now led by Malik Garvin, started in 1987 and has been helping children residing in Harlem, NY pursue their dreams of playing hockey. Malik and the Ice Hockey In Harlem program have made a true commitment to make their on and off-ice enrichment programs accessible to all. They offer all equipment, activities, and programs at no cost to the participating families.

Written by 2023 HLFYA Teddy Gargano