Andy MattisonNov 29, 2017, 6:48 pm

Officers to coach underprivileged kids in new youth hockey program

The Yonkers Youth Force Hockey will give young boys a chance to learn the sport while interacting with police

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YONKERS – Police officers are switching out their uniforms for jerseys to teach underprivileged kids how to play hockey through a newly created program.

The Police Athletic League is teaming up with the NHL Players Association to get the Yonkers Youth Force Hockey on the ice by next month at Murray Skating Rink.

"A program that will enable police officers to coach and mentor kids from communities throughout the city and promote police-community relations while teaching them the great game of hockey," Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner said.

Hockey equipment, jerseys, and ice time will be supplied to boys between the ages of seven to nine who qualify for the program.

The Yonkers Police Athletic League raised money for the new team during a charity game they recently played with the FBI.

"I never had an opportunity to play or anything like that, but this big opportunity they're giving to my kids is pretty awesome. I like it," parent Wifredo Capellan said.

Officials believe it’s a chance to grow team spirit and healthy relationships between officers and their community.

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