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Tempe Elementary Schools Introduce New Street Hockey PE Curriculum from Arizona Coyotes

Post Date:12/20/2018

Student playing hockey in PE classStudents in the Tempe Elementary School District are learning a new sport, thanks to the generosity of the Arizona Coyotes organization.

Each school in the District has received $1,500 worth of sticks, nets, balls, pinnies, and curriculum booklets to learn street hockey during PE class.

The curriculum is broken down into 3-day lesson plans and 6-day lesson plans, appropriate for each grade level. It covers drills and activities for students to do that keep them active and having fun, while learning fundamentals about the sport.

“If monitored and taught with great classroom management, it becomes a fantastic sport to teach,” said Scales Technology Academy PE Teacher Gabriel Murillo. “I remember as well, in my middle school years, I loved playing street hockey! There is something about moving fast and rolling the ball around with speed and agility that brings kids to an interest of wanting to play. I am super grateful to the Coyotes organization.”

Tempe Elementary School District Athletic Director Kylee Schneckloth echoed his appreciation to the organization.

“Anytime you have an organization that makes a donation like this, it helps our District and gives a new opportunity to our kids who may have otherwise not had it,” said Schneckloth.Students posing with their hockey gear in PE class

Schneckloth shared that this isn’t the first time the Coyotes have made a donation of athletic supplies to our District. Ten years ago, they donated sticks and balls, but the the sticks were not designed specifically for students. That was not the case with their most recent donation! The sticks are made just for kids, and even had explanations printed on the stick to show the students how to hold it properly.

“I like learning the moves! It is really fun. I haven’t played this before and I am glad I got the chance to,” said Scales Technology Academy Fifth-Grader Ajah Scott.

In a statement released on their website, the Coyotes’ President and CEO Ahron Cohen stated that their goal with this donation is to grow the game of hockey in Arizona while educating kids. They plan to reach approximately 50,000 students across an estimated 700 schools upon completion of this initiative!

“This program will allow us to get more sticks into the hands of kids and help educate them about our great game and promote youth health and wellness,” Cohen said. “We are grateful for the incredible support that we have received from all the Valley school districts and look forward to a great partnership in the future."

Thank you to the Coyotes organization for this generous contribution and giving our students this unique opportunity!

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