Pens offering a free training program for local black youth

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – The Pens today announced the creation of a nine-week summer training program for black youth in the Pittsburgh area.

The Willie O’Ree Academy begins June 15 at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township and is free for those already skating in the Pittsburgh Amateur Hockey League and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League.

There will be two practice sessions a week, one on the ice and one off the ice. There will be monthly meetings throughout the year for educational programs and mentoring opportunities.

“We have a number of diversity programs that we will roll out in the coming months, but this one is special because it honors Willie’s legacy while creating unique growth opportunities for black youth who already play hockey. Said David Morehouse, President and CEO of Penguins. “They skate for amateur and secondary teams across the region, but they don’t really know each other. The academy gives them the chance to meet, reunite, skate and train as a unit this summer and, perhaps more importantly, share their experiences. We appreciate the fact that …

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