You’ve been there before; you’re tired because you didn’t sleep a wink the night before. You’re crabby because the summer is over. You’re mad at your parents for making you go back. The first day of school is never easy on anybody.
The New Jersey Devils, the Prudential Center and United Airlines changed that.
When Phillip’s Academy Charter School in Newark opened its doors on Monday to begin the new school year, they were greeted with a brand-new outdoor hockey rink, donated by all three aforementioned entities.
After a short assembly was conducted in the school gymnasium, 200 students poured out to the rink area, many for the first time around a rink, and partook in a floor-hockey adventure. School representatives joined Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and Devils center Travis Zajac to help usher in the new outdoor facility.
— City of Newark (@CityofNewarkNJ) August 27, 2018
Young rookies to the game joined NJ Devil, the pro hockey team’s mascot, for a memorable floorball experience. For many, including fourth-graders Jorry Vertilus and Lorelai Jerome, who tallied at least five goals between them. If that isn’t a memorable first day of school, then there really is not a way to get through class.
xHockeyProducts Lends a Hand
To help with the first-day bonanza, xHockeyProducts helped develop and design the sticks used by the young players.
The Devils-branded floorball sticks were built from the XHP Floorball Stick, which incorporates custom grip, flex shafts and delivers excellent control to the player.
This isn’t the first time that xHockeyProducts has helped an NHL team out with a branded stick, either. Just last week, Mats Zuccarello of the New York Rangers surprised a kid in Norway with a Rangers-branded XHP floorball stick.
— Michael Bonelli (@mikebonelli) August 15, 2018
Floorball is an excellent alternative to ice hockey, which can be financially demanding to families of any size. It works many of the same core muscles ice hockey does, while allowing children to play a game they may not typically have access to.
For more information about the exciting floorball equipment xHockeyProducts has on hand, visit our online store here or read our post about how floorball can be a perfect training tool here.
Feature photo courtesy NJ.com.
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