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The unique program kicked off this week and will run over an eight-week period at multiple afterschool facilities in Brooklyn. A special introductory event will take place this upcoming Sunday, February 21st, where the New York Islanders will sponsor a Try Hockey for Free event at the Bergen Beach Youth Organization’s Community Sports Complex in Brooklyn. This event is open to the public from 2-4 pm, and will run in conjunction with USA Hockey’s “Hockey Weekend Across America.” Ryan Strome from the Islanders will be on-site in order to meet the fans.

The New York Islanders will sponsor modern floor hockey, also known as floorball, at 8 different elementary and middle school locations in Brooklyn. Throughout the eight weeks, over 400 students will gain the opportunity to participate in the beneficial activity after their regular school hours. The participants will learn the rules of modern floor hockey, as well as the skills that it takes to play the sport.

Generation Floorball is the overall coordinator of the program, and supplies the equipment, know-how and customized training solutions, that will be implemented throughout the outreach initiative.

“This is truly a beneficial and unique program that we are launching in the upcoming weeks. Not only will the program support the growth of hockey and its culture here in Brooklyn, it will also ensure that students stay active, healthy, and engaged in a fun activity. We are very excited to be a part of this new outreach initiative,” said Daniel Palm, Project Leader of the program.

The program participants have been recruited from existing Millennium Development sponsored programs. The Brooklyn based community organization also supplies the facilities and instructors for the program.

“As a Brooklyn born & raised, lifetime Islanders fan, this opportunity of having indoor hockey introduced to our youth participants in elementary & junior high after-school programs, will help grow hockey within our culturally enriched community. Our kids are so happy to learn Brooklyn's fastest growing sport,” said Paul Curiale, Executive Director of Millennium Development.   

About Millennium Development: Millennium Development is a Brooklyn based organization that enhances the community by cultivating and challenging the minds of today’s youth, empowering families, encouraging and supporting the well-being of active adults and advancing their participation in all aspects of community life. For more information about Millennium Development, click here: http://milldev.org/

About Generation Floorball: New York based Generation Floorball is leading North American supplier of floorball and modern hockey solutions and equipment. Generation Floorball’s mission is to expose children and adults to the beneficial activity and to provide every customer with affordable and durable products through excellent service. Their floorball/modern floor hockey brand, is the only existing American brand on the market. Generation Floorball supplies schools, afterschool groups, community programs, ice hockey teams and similar entities with the equipment, know-how and training solutions, in order to run beneficial programs. For more information about Generation Floorball, click here:  http://generationfloorball.com

About the New York Islanders: Founded in 1972, the New York Islanders Hockey Club is the proud winner of four Stanley Cup Championships. After its recent move to Brooklyn, the organization continues to support and take pride in its community through local outreach initiatives. For more team information, log on tohttp://newyorkislanders.com 

CONTACTS:

Generation Floorball:

Daniel Palm – (718) 889-1555 – daniel@gfloorball.com

Millennium Development:

Max Seigle –   max@milldev.org

New York Islanders:

Kimber Auerbach –kimber.auerbach@newyorkislanders.com

Jesse Eisenberg – jesse.eisenberg@newyorkislanders.com

Kelly Keogh –  kelly.keogh@newyorkislanders.com