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PRNS Partners with San Jose Sharks, National Hockey League (NHL), and SAP to Renovate Roosevelt Rink

Post Date:02/01/2019
The 2019 National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star Game brought hockey players and fans to San José for a weekend, but residents will reap the benefits of the high-profile game for years to come. On Thursday, January 24, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) and the San Jose Sharks Foundation, with support from the San Jose Sharks, SAP and the NHL, unveiled the renovated Roosevelt Community Center and Park Roller Hockey Rink, this year’s NHL All-Star Legacy Project. Each Legacy Project provides youth in the All-Star Game’s host city with an opportunity to connect with hockey programming. With a $500,000 donation for improvements at the rink and hockey-related programming and equipment, the Sharks Foundation made this one of the largest NHL Legacy Projects ever funded. 

PRNS Acting Director Jon Cicirelli visits All-Star players and S.J. Sharkie on the renovated Roosevelt RinkThe unveiling was an event worthy of an all-star, with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, Sharks COO John Tortora, City Councilmember Raul Peralez, and three Sharks in attendance — Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, and Joe Pavelski — playing in the All-Star Game. After the speakers addressed the crowd, children from PRNS Recreation of City Kids (R.O.C.K.) program were treated to a friendly game of hockey against the Sharks All-Stars players on the new all-weather rink surface. 

“Seeing the youth engage in a pickup game in our newly renovated rink provided a surge of positive energy. I'm looking forward to the spring when the rink programming will begin,” said Marco Hernandez, Recreation Supervisor at Roosevelt Community Center. 

Youth from PRNS Roosevelt and Franklin-McKinley Teen Centers continued the All-Star festivities on Friday, January 25, when they attended the red carpet event for the NHL All-Star Skills Competition. Thanks to tickets provided by the NHL, the youth had the opportunity to meet All-Star players, get autographs, and create memories of this iconic San José event. 

As the demand for safe and accessible places to play increases, PRNS seeks to partner with corporations and major league sports teams to provide new amenities for San José youth and families while fostering love for an active life and the City’s teams. This is the second sports partnership for PRNS. The first, a partnership with the San Jose Earthquakes, Major League Soccer, and U.S. Soccer Foundation resulted in the conversion of a former tennis court into a new soccer mini-pitch at Arena Green. PRNS and local sports teams are not done yet — stay tuned for another exciting announcement coming soon!
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