Red Wings offering free virtual street hockey program for Detroit kids this summer

Posted at 10:07 AM, Jun 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 10:07:18-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Detroit Red Wings have launched the "Street Hockey in the D at Home" program this summer as part of the new Learn, Play, Score platform.

According to the team, the six-week virtual program is in partnership with the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department and is available to Detroit kids between the ages of 6 and 14 in July and August.

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It builds on the Street Hockey in the D program launched earlier this year, and is free for kids in the city with the hopes to get 1,000 kids involved.

“Street Hockey in the D at Home brings the excitement of hockey directly to where kids are right now, continuing Learn, Play, Score’s mission of establishing equitable access to various forms of the sport across the city of Detroit,” said Kevin Brown, Red Wings director of community relations & foundation. “Whether playing street hockey safely in their driveway, basement or on the sidewalk, the Red Wings are proud to offer this new virtual, enrichment opportunity for kids in the city.”

Registration will take place between June 17-19, June 22 and June 23-24 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at two Detroit Parks & Rec locations that serve as community hubs for food pack distribution. Those who register will get a Red Wings hat, street hockey stick and ball.

Registration locations and dates are as follows, and is limited to Detroit city residents:

Adams Butzel Recreation Complex
10500 Lyndon Street
Detroit, MI 48238

Farwell Recreation Center
2711 Outer Drive East
Detroit, MI 48234

“The City of Detroit Parks & Recreation Division is excited to partner with the Red Wings to provide Detroit youth with access to explore hockey, said Ricardo Marble, Assistant Director, Detroit Parks & Recreation. “Street Hockey In The D provides an innovative opportunity to expose kids to the sport right at home in their own neighborhoods.”

There will be two video modules each week for kids to learn the basics of street hockey and a virtual Google Classroom setting.