From the Hershey Jr. Bear participants and Board of Directors we send a "Thank You" to all of those individuals who participated in our raffle. Below are the winners:
Blatt, Fredricksburg PA - $1500.00
Broderick, State College PA - $1000.00
Watson, Manheim PA - $500.00
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Bear Bites Measure Up
November, 7, 2013
FR: Hershey Jr. Bears PR
RE: Bear Bites
In the United States kids under four years of age are usually kicking a soccer ball or learning to play whiffle ball in the backyard. In Canada, many kids under four are already on ice skates and playing hockey at a nearby rink. Over the past four years, the Hershey Jr. Bears Youth Hockey Organization has given kids that can ice skate -- an early introduction to hockey that rivals our Canadian neighbors --- through a program called Bear Bites.
Established in 2010, “Bear Bites” offers kids the opportunity to learn basic hockey skills a year early -- before moving into “Mites.” Bites is a structured - weekly “boot camp” held at the historic HERSHEYPARK ARENA designed specifically for four and five year olds. From October to February players participate in skating and puck handling drills that build confidence on the ice while teaching social interaction.
“The program continues to be a complete success with over 160 kids getting their start in Bites, I credit the program success to our coaches who focus on encouragement and patience while teaching the basics,” commented Rob Ziemba, Bear Bites Founder and Director. “It’s also nice to see parents who played for the Hershey Jr. Bears themselves -- come back and coach with their own kids. We are creating generational hockey players and that’s something very special.”
Bear Bites attracts players from all over the Hershey Area and the perks are many. Players wear one of the most respected hockey jerseys in hockey and share commonality with the parent club – the Hershey Bears. Participants get the rare opportunity to learn hockey in the historical HERSHEYPARK ARENA which happens to be the warmest rink around -- enhancing the parent experience. During the season, the Bites skate during Intermissions at Hershey Bears games, get visits from Hershey Bears players, and enjoy many other perks.
“Many people think introductory hockey is expensive, and it really isn’t -- once you look into it. I’m thankful the Hershey Jr. Bears can offer the Bear Bites program at such a reasonable cost. ($150 in 2013) If you shop around for equipment and network with friends for “gently used” gear - costs can be kept low for an entire season.” concluded Ziemba.
For more information about the Hershey Jr Bears Hockey Program and Bear Bites, please visit www.hersheyjrbears.org.
Attached Photograph by: Danyelle Ritchie
Pictured at HERSHEYPARK ARENA are: 2013 Bear Bites (L) Gordon Gabor, Landon Harner and Rob Ziemba, Bear Bites Director.
House Updated Info **UPDATE - TEAM ROSTERS ANNOUNCED***
Welcome to the 2013/2014 Hershey Jr. Bears House Season!!!!!
For team rosters, check out the House Tab above or go to: