On March 2, 2016, Partners (and Rangers fans) Jason Katz, Daniel McCally and Associate (and Islanders fan) Jennifer Frankola from Lewis Johs attended the annual Ice Hockey in Harlem Winter Sports Celebration and Benefit at Circle in New York City honoring New York Rangers Captain Mark Messier. It was a spectacular event and for such a great cause. As far back as 2010, LJAA has been connected to the organization when Jennifer Frankola from LJAA’s Education Group represented one of their young female players who was reading far below grade level. Jennifer successfully settled her case for thousands of dollars in compensatory tutoring services at Huntington Learning Center. Each year, Jennifer and LJAA continues to work closely with the organization and participates in its Speaker Series.
About Ice Hockey in Harlem
Ice Hockey in Harlem began in the winter of 1987 with forty eager participants ranging in age from 9-12. All participants agreed to attend weekly classroom sessions and skate one night a week. In class, these IHIH pioneers were taught math, reading, and geography using hockey cities and statistics as teaching tools.
With a cursory knowledge of the basics, the youngsters wore mismatched, secondhand equipment and wobbled onto the ice of Lasker Rink, an outdoor facility at the northern end of Central Park. Under the tutelage of founder Dave Wilk, former New York Ranger Pat Hickey and other volunteers, the students were soon skating, shooting, and passing as though they had been playing the game for years. After that rookie season, the program managed to raise enough money to send one player to a summer hockey camp in California.
Today, with their comprehensive programs serving more youth than ever before, their mission remains constant:
EDUCATION IS THE GOAL!