Girls' hockey may be frozen out
Hockey isn't played in many schools across the country with the regularity of basketball or soccer. It costs more. Girls hockey is even rarer.
Now, after 15 years, time is running out for girls who play in the Anchorage School District. This could be their last season.
"We're at a point now where we don't have funding to keep the program forward," said Service-East head coach Mandy Reale.
It costs nearly $100,000 for a season to happen. That money simply isn't there anymore. The Anchorage School District stopped its support in 2013. The Scott Gomez Foundation pumped life into it for two seasons followed by a $200,000 donation from Dick's Sporting Goods. But that runs out at the end of this season.
Understandably, there's cause for concern. Reale says the positive impact is obvious.
"Every day I come to the rink. I see value in these girls. I see what playing hockey brings to them, and provides to them," Reale said.
Now it's a matter of finding a way to pay for it after this year.
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