Tony's Take: Week 6
GRATITUDE FOR GROWING THE GAME
It’s been a true privilege of mine to not just witness, but support in any way I can the Monsters’ Grow the Game Street Hockey Series this summer. The series, spearheaded by the Monsters’ Marketing and Community Relations departments, seeks to expose as many Northeast Ohio kids as possible to the game of hockey, whether they have experienced the game already or not. Traversing the youth hockey landscape in Northeast Ohio, the Monsters’ series of free instructional clinics for kids culminates on Saturday, August 4th with a four-session clinic at the Nautica Entertainment Complex in Cleveland’s Flats for the second-consecutive year.
As someone that has been immersed in the game of hockey for essentially my entire life, I can’t tell you gratifying it is, not only to witness kids from all backgrounds discover our game, but also to be part of an organization that sees initiatives like these as a critically important investment and priority. Through this series and through other similar programs spanning my three-plus years in Cleveland, my eyes have been opened to the vast well of interest, participation, and passion for hockey that thrives in pockets all across Northeast Ohio, and the opportunity to meet the players, coaches, parents, volunteers, and organizers that make our sport what it is in this city, remains one of the joys of the offseason for yours truly.
If you have any interest in the Monsters’ upcoming Grow the Game event at Nautica, if you think your child would be interested in giving the game a shot, or if they’re already future Hart Trophy winners but wouldn’t mind honing their skills alongside professional instructors and pro players like Brad Thiessen and the great Jock Callander, DON’T HESITATE! Register your child today by clicking HERE and to learn more about the Monsters’ myriad youth hockey initiatives, including the team’s new-for-2018 Certified Learn to Play Partners and the Monsters’ annual on-ice summer hockey clinics, click HERE.
Have you or your child taken part in the Monsters’ Grow the Game Street Hockey Series this summer? What was your favorite part? Tweet me mailbag questions throughout the summer months @TonyBrownPxP using the hashtag #TonysTake. If yours is selected, you’ll be entered for a chance to win cool Monsters prizes!