Tanque Verde Elementary School students were the excited recipients of some very cool field hockey equipment from the Tucson Roadrunners! The Roadrunner's school program is connecting students in our schools with fitness and recreation opportunities, and expanding their knowledge of the game of hockey.
The Tucson Roadrunners are in their third season in Tucson as the proud American Hockey League affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes.
Tanque Verde Elementary School was one of 23 schools in our area who benefited from the Tucson Roadrunners program, receiving approximately $1,500 worth of field hockey equipment, which includes 2 goals, 50 sticks, 50 practice pennies and 50 street hockey balls, all with the awesome Roadrunners logo! The equipment was funded by the National Hockey League's Industry Growth Fund.
Mr. Tyler Kern, Manager of Fan Development for the Tucson Roadrunners, is also a big part of the program. Along with the equipment, the Roadrunners provide a week of instruction with Tyler so all students at Tanque Verde Elementary would learn directly from a hockey professional! Tyler was excited to tell students at the end of the week that each would be receiving a free admission ticket to the match of their choice from the 2019 home schedule!
Aaron Gruber and Tyler Kern
Tanque Verde Elementary PE teacher, Mr. Aaron Gruber, has made it his goal "to promote advocacy for physical education programs, and to connect students with youth sports and recreation opportunities outside school." He noted that he has already been able to help students interested in playing hockey locally, find resources for skates and other equipment, as a result of this program.
MANY thanks to the Tucson Roadrunners for this amazing program, and for their support of our local schools through this community partnership! Thank you also to Pima County School Superintendent Dustin Williams and the always awesome team at the Pima County School Superintendent's Office for providing the connection to the Tucson Roadrunners, and for your ongoing support!