PHILADELPHIA (February 26, 2022) – The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and Flyers Charities announced today plans to build a multi-purpose outdoor street hockey rink at the Joseph Scanlon Recreation Center (1099 E. Venango Street) in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Once completed, this facility will allow Snider Hockey to expand their programming in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Parks & Recreation Department. As part of the project, Snider Hockey, the Flyers, and the Parks & Recreation Department will also refurbish the existing playground and construct a new, dedicated all-purpose sports wall at Scanlon Recreation Center.

This morning, Snider Hockey and Flyers Charities unveiled their plans for the new street hockey facility during a special, pre-game event at Well Fargo Center prior to the club’s Flyers Charities Game. During the event, Flyers Charities presented Snider Hockey with a $400,000 check in support of this groundbreaking project. The $400,000 donation marks one of Flyers Charities’ most-significant contributions for a single initiative and advances the organization’s ongoing commitment to growing the game of hockey throughout the diverse Philadelphia region.

“This project is aimed at deepening our collective commitment to the children, youth, and families in this community,” said Scott Tharp, President, Snider Hockey. “By partnering with the Flyers, Philadelphia Parks & Rec, and the office of Councilwoman Sanchez, we’re expanding the year-round structured recreational, academic, and life-enrichment services that Snider Hockey provides on a daily basis during the out-of-school-time hours when kids are most vulnerable to undesirable influences. But, more importantly, we’re able to put more smiles on more faces while helping to create equitable opportunities for our youth to chase and achieve their dreams. By working together, we can truly make a world of difference in the City of Philadelphia.”

“This project is a perfect example of the Flyers’ commitment to the city of Philadelphia and our incredible partnership with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation,” said Valerie Camillo, President of Business Operations for the Philadelphia Flyers. “This is one of the largest individual charitable contributions our organization has ever made, and it’s fitting that it’s a partnership with Snider Hockey to help ensure families in the Kensington neighborhood are able to enjoy the game of hockey right in their community. The Flyers belong to the entire city of Philadelphia, and this project will send a lasting, clear message that hockey and the Flyers are for everyone—honoring the legacy of Ed Snider.”

“Philadelphia Parks & Recreation is so grateful to Flyers Charities for this investment in the Scanlon Recreation Center and the youth it serves,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation. “The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation is an outstanding partner to Parks & Rec, providing youth development and empowerment programs that extend far beyond the ice. The investment we are celebrating today will expand access to safe, fun youth recreation in Kensington.” 

“I am thrilled that with the Flyers and Snider Foundation we can bring more programming and improved facilities to Kensington,” said Philadelphia City Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. “Our public-private partnerships are essential to making the community investments every neighborhood deserves.”

In partnership with the City of Philadelphia, Snider Hockey operates programs at the Scanlon Rink and four other city-owned rinks in Philadelphia. In addition, Snider Hockey provides FREE after-school hockey, education, and life skills programming at locations across Philadelphia. All students can also engage in Snider Hockey’s educational programs, including homework help, career development, and high school and college scholarships.

Since Snider Hockey partnered with the City of Philadelphia to enclose the rinks in 2020, Scanlon Rink has flourished, averaging 325 program participants annually. Snider Hockey’s academic support sessions have helped these students achieve a 99-percent grade-to-grade matriculation rate. This year, Snider Hockey is awarding 17 full scholarships to Scanlon students at high-performing private or parochial high schools and 44 scholarships to Scanlon alumni at partnering universities. In addition, during the height of the pandemic, Snider Hockey distributed over 28,000 meals, more than 6,000 books, and provided access to vaccinations to neighbors in Kensington.

About Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation

The late Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider created the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation with the ultimate goal to build lives and unite communities. He wanted to assure that Philadelphia’s inner-city young men and women had an opportunity to succeed in the game of life. With hockey as the hook to lure kids into the program, the emphasis was and continues to be education. Snider Hockey offers after-school educational assistance helping guide its participants from crayons to careers, ultimately affording those student-athletes that graduate through the program a free, four-year college tuition to one of several area colleges.  

About Flyers Charities

Flyers Charities is the nonprofit of the Philadelphia Flyers. Flyers Charities supports local nonprofits that grow the sport of hockey to be inclusive of new and diverse audiences, support families impacted by cancer, and improve sustainability and environmental responsibility. Flyers Charities’ commitment to community, service, inclusion, and legacy guides its work and through fundraising provides opportunities to engage fans, visitors, employees, and neighbors in the impact. 


PHILADELPHIA (February 28, 2020) – The much-anticipated Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) Philadelphia Women’s Hockey Showcase is sold out to the general public ahead of the weekend showcase. The PWHPA sold out of tickets across both days of the showcase which was created to benefits its mission to promote, and advance a single, viable professional women’s ice hockey league in North America.


“This is going to be a remarkable weekend, with the best talent in women’s professional hockey in North America coming together in Philadelphia for the first time ever,” said Jayna Hefford, Olympian and Executive Director of the PWHPA. “Selling out this weekend is a testament to our dedicated fan base and further reinforces our mission of creating a sustainable league. The lasting impact that this weekend will have on the next generation of players is indescribable and we can’t wait to show fans all of the talent these women have to offer.”


The showcase is part of a bigger “Dream Gap Tour” benefiting the PWHPA, Flyers Charities and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and will take place February 29 – March 1, 2020 at the Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees. The weekend’s events will consist of a four-team tournament over two days, showcasing the world’s best female hockey players including Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux-Morando, Brianne Jenner, Hilary Knight, Kendall Coyne Schofield, Natalie Spooner, Sarah Nurse among others. All tournament games will take place at Virtua Center Flyers Skate Zone at Voorhees, home of the Philadelphia Flyers training facility, with the championship game taking place on Sunday, March 1.


The PWHPA Dream Gap Tour was created to draw attention to the fact that there currently is not a league that consistently showcases the best product of women’s hockey in the world, pays its players a living wage and has the infrastructure to set the game up to succeed. Such a league would represent an important step in closing the dream gap between young boys and girls. A young boy can lace up his skates and imagine himself circling the ice in his favorite professional team’s jersey as the crowd chants his name. He dreams it, because he’s seen it countless times. There is no realistic equivalent for aspiring female hockey players to imagine their futures.


About Flyers Charities

For over 40 years, Flyers Charities, the organizing foundation behind the Carnival, has raised more than $29 million to support a multitude of worthy non-profit organizations across the Greater Philadelphia Region that provide educational and recreational resources to underserved youth, engage in important medical and healthcare research, and promote countless community investment initiatives to positively influence the community. These organizations include American Cancer Society, Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Michael’s Way, Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, Salvation Army and Simon’s Heart.


About Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation

The Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation uses the sport of ice hockey to educate young people to succeed in the game of life. The mission is to build lives and unite communities. All Snider Hockey programs are delivered at no cost to under-resourced boys and girls. The programs uniquely blend a first rate hockey program with character development, life skills, physical fitness, nutrition, and a healthy dose of academics designed to keep our youth on-track for on-time graduation and post-secondary enrollment. The end goal is to turn out productive citizens who understand the importance of giving back to their community.


About Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA)

Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association’s (PWHPA) mission is to promote, advance, and support a single, viable professional women’s ice hockey league in North America that showcases the greatest product of women’s professional ice hockey in the world. The organization aims to provide a united voice to players advocating for the creation of a sustainable professional league. PWHPA is working to accomplish its mission by coordinating training needs and programming opportunities during the 2019-2020 season and collaborating with like-minded organizations to make hockey more inclusive for women today and for future generations. To learn more about PWHPA and the Dream Gap tour visit www.pwhpa.com.