Friends of Saint Paul Hockey is a 501 c(3) non profit that is motivated to minimize financial barriers so the game of hockey is a continued and sustainable tradition in the East Metro. Our group has a working board of directors and an advisory council in place to provide support and visibility for our initiatives. Each of the four independent youth hockey associations within St. Paul are involved (Edgcumbe, Langford Park, Johnson/Como/North St. Paul, and the St. Paul Capitals in Highland). In 2018 we are expanding to include contributions to the Irondale/Moundsview, Roseville, White Bear Lake, and Woodbury associations through the Revive & Sustain partnership with Ramsey County Parks & Recreation.
What was once a treasured blue collar sport is fast becoming a sport for only the affluent. Such exclusivity is not a good fit for our neighborhoods, or for the game of hockey. Our objective is to attain the funding necessary to implement rapid, decisive, and thoughtful approaches to hockey outreach that are inclusive of all interested parties.
Our goals are aggressive, and our hopes are high. We are on a course to raise real money that will enhance outreach to youth from any neighborhood in Saint Paul and Ramsey County who want to play hockey. Our efforts - and your support - will improve access and increase participation through available ice time for "open hockey", free introductory teams, equipment exchanges, scholarships, and access to training that is a common practice in the suburbs but rare in the city.
We welcome Ramsey County as a vital partner as our outreach grows. We fully support a model of neighborhood-based associations that nurture kids and build life-long networks of friends among participating families throughout St. Paul and the East Metro. Friends of St. Paul Hockey has no interest in a singular association. We have learned that the most successful and beneficial model is to activate players and parents locally, then come together in competition, awareness, and fundraising on a collective basis.
With 12 neighborhood associations in a city of 86,000, Duluth, MN, "The Outdoor Hockey Capital of the World," is a shining example of this model.
We understand and are grateful for the influence Mighty Kids has had in past years and how important youth programs of all kinds are to the positive development of our children and young adults.
Sincerely and respectfully,
President - Friends of Saint Paul Hockey