Youth Sports

October 21, 2009
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Hole in one for Chris Warren

Chris Warren was a Super Bowl quarterback at Lynn English High School and has brought the Lynn Classical softball program to the brink of a Division 1 North sectional championship.

But on Saturday, he did something in sports that few achieve: a hole in one.

“As a golfer, it’s something that you always want to get,” said Warren, assistant athletic director at Classical. “Athletically, this ranks right up there.”

Warren recorded his first career hole-in-one on the 156-yard, 14th hole at Gannon Golf Course in Lynn. He used an eight-iron off the tee. He has been golfing for 12 years.

The LEHS Class of 1991 graduate was golfing in a group that included Jerry Worthylake

and other Gannon members. “They were all excited for me,” said Warren. “I was a little late getting home from the club but when I told my wife [Leah] and kids [Brady and Brooke] that I made a hole in one, she said it was alright.”

Warren completed his weekend by attending the Patriots-Titans game Sunday at snowy Gillette Stadium.

Boston Bruins and local DCR rinks team up to encourage kids to learn hockey

In an effort to encourage kids to learn the great game of hockey and to bolster the number of children playing organized youth hockey, the Boston Bruins have teamed up with the Connery Rink in Lynn and Porrazzo Rink in East Boston to develop the Bruins FUNdamentals Beginner Hockey School.

The Bruins FUNdamentals program was designed to teach first time hockey players, ages 12 and younger the skills they need to take them from their first experience in hockey equipment to being game ready for an organized hockey program. The purpose behind the program, however, was not just about teaching kids to play hockey, but about serving the community and the game of hockey by creating an opportunity that offers a fun, low cost opportunity to help introduce new faces to the sport and allow them to experience and fall in love with the game.

Bruins Team Vice President Cam Neely is a firm supporter of the program. “The Boston Bruins have made a commitment to growing the sport of hockey at the grassroots level,” said the Hall of Famer, “and we are excited to be working with FMC to increase participation in the great game of hockey through the development of the Bruins FUNdamentals program.”

To help ease the economic hurdle for parents to enroll their children into hockey, the program provides free skate rentals to all participants and is offering free Bauer hockey equipment to any child that signs up for three sessions of Bruins FUNdamentals. The kit, which would retail for over $149.00, includes shoulder pads, hockey gloves, elbow pads, hockey pants, shin pads, helmet and hockey bag, meaning those students who sign up for three sessions will be fully equipped head to toe free of charge.

“We need to make a substantial investment to entice both kids and parents to discover the great game of hockey,” said Rob McBride, president of FMC Ice Sports, who was instrumental in the development of the free equipment program. “The initial expense of equipping hundreds of kids will have paid off if we can develop hockey players for life.

“The Boston Bruins Hockey club has been heavily involved every step of the way,” continued McBride, “and they continue to stay involved through the participation of the players in recording messages for the kids, certificates of completion signed by Patrice Bergeron, as well as visits to the rinks by Youth Hockey Ambassador Tom Songen and Manager Lori Digiacomo.”

Unique to the program is the Late Starters Program, a class specifically designed for children aged 9-12 who would like to get involved but are too old for traditional Learn to Play classes. The Bruins FUNdamentals program is also being offered at eight locations across the state: Veterans Arena in Franklin, Asiaf Arena in Brockton, Hetland Arena in New Bedford, Driscoll Arena in Fall River, Veterans Arena in Gardner, Navin Rink in Marlboro, Collins/Moylan Arena in Greenfield and the Cyr Arena at Forest Park in Springfield.

The next session of Bruins FUNdamentals gets underway Saturday November 14, at both Connery Rink in Lynn and Porrazzo Arena in East Boston. For more information or to enroll go to www.fmcicesports.com or call 1-888-74SKATE.

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