April 26, 2019
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Biddeford Youth Hockey wraps up season, will focus on community outreach

Community Author: Brent Smith
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BIDDEFORD — Biddeford Youth Hockey Association accomplished a lot this past season by serving over 400 families in our community.  Over 150 kids participated in Learn To Skate, conducted through a partnership with Biddeford High School head hockey coach Jason Trembly.   

In their competitive youth hockey programs, BYHA Teams won the Maine State Championships, the King of the Rink Tournament (hosted at The Biddeford Ice Arena) and the Seacoast League Championships.

BYHA teams skated at intermission at several UNE and Maine Mariners games as part of their community awareness programs.   In the offseason, the association will continue to reach out into the community to offer needs-based scholarships and free programs to get more kids on the ice.

“Cost is a barrier to playing hockey for a lot of families and we try to reduce that barrier as much as possible”, said Tom Hall, vice president of BYHA, “We are the poorest state in New England and our childhood obesity rate is unacceptably high, we have an obligation to our community to help get kids on the ice and active during winter months.”

About Biddeford Youth Hockey Association

BYHA is a 45-year-old, non-profit organization that delivers high-value, low-cost and free hockey and learn to skate programs to the residents of Biddeford and surrounding communities.  It operates out of The Biddeford Arena. In 2018, BYHA provided learn to skate, learn to play, youth hockey opportunities and equipment to over 400 children, regardless of their ability to pay.  As a community nonprofit BYHA focuses on making a positive impact on our community through youth activities and by supporting families to be more active in the winter and more healthy all year round.  www.biddefordyouthhockey.org