Have you ever seen a hockey game? How about a 12-hour long hockey game? On Sunday, March 19, my husband, Steve, and I had the pleasure of playing in the second annual fundraising hockey marathon at Fort Dupont Ice Arena in Southeast D.C. Players were divided into three groups that played four hours each (although some of the younger and more ambitious skaters played more than four hours).
Hockey has become increasingly popular in the D.C. area over the past decades, but — due to the high cost of equipment and ice rental — it has traditionally only been accessible to the middle and upper classes. Friends of the Fort Dupont Ice Arena is a not-for-profit organization that has been operating for the past 20 years. Through their Kids on Ice program, they provide free hockey, figure skating, speed skating, and synchronized skating instruction (and equipment) to economically disadvantaged children. The marathon game this year raised over $15,000 to support this excellent cause.
If you have any skating equipment that your kids have outgrown, or are interested in providing any other support for the rink, please contact Ron Slomski at [contact information redacted]. And, if you play hockey, think about joining the marathon game next year; we’d love to skate with you!
[Sue and Steve Felter live on Loxford Terrace.] ■
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