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Grants Available For Massachusetts Hockey Members To Host Parent Workshops


Massachusetts Hockey announced at its annual Leadership Conference in May the continued Partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance; a national non-profit recognized as the leader in sports psychology and the best practices of coaches, athletes, parents, and league leadership in developing Better Athletes, Better People. Massachusetts Hockey will provide a limited number of $1,000 grants to its leagues that elect to offer parent workshops at their rink or a location of your choosing during the 2017-2018 season.

Why Parent Workshops?

Your league will have the ability to provide workshops for your coaches, athletes, and league leadership as well, however, Massachusetts Hockey and the Boston Bruins recognize the tremendous importance that parents play in the success of any program, which is why hosting parent workshops, is a requisite for securing a $1,000 grant. Parental behavior is also cited as one of the top concerns of many league leaders, and our interactive workshops will address many of the key issues that coaches and leagues reference as challenges for their program.

“Hockey parents, like other sports parents, seek the best experience for their young athletes in programs that offer the opportunity to compete and have fun, but it is not always that simple,” said Beth O’Neill Maloney, PCA-New England Chapter Executive Director.  “PCA’s parent workshops can help parents think about their goals and their child’s goals in playing sports, how to select the right program for their child, and how to develop positive sports relationships, including parent-child, parent-coach, and coach-athlete. When delivered together with workshops for administrators, coaches, and student-athletes, PCA parent workshops have the potential to improve the sports experience all the way around.”

Added Bob Sweeney, Boston Bruins Foundation Executive Director: “The Boston Bruins value their long-term partnership with Massachusetts Hockey, whose development of a partnership with Positive Coaching Alliance demonstrates its continued commitment to excellence and is proudly supported by the Boston Bruins Foundation. I hope Massachusetts Hockey members take full advantage of this grant program and bring PCA workshops to as many hockey families as possible.”

Massachusetts Hockey “is behind this program 100%” said Kevin Kavanagh, the organization’s Executive Director. Kavanagh and Massachusetts Hockey President John Tobin believe that PCA workshops and resources for parents will “have a triple-impact -- keep more kids in the game, improve the hockey experience for everyone, and help Massachusetts Hockey member organizations develop better athletes and better people.”

To take advantage of the grant program and to learn more, a representive from your Massachusetts Hockey program should contact Chris Fay at or by calling him at 857-225-1889.

Massachusetts Hockey will award the $1,000 grants to leagues in the order in which they are received.

Positive Coaching Alliance conducts over 2,500 workshops per year, and we look forward to the opportunity to Partner with your hockey program and help take it to the next level.

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