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RMU Donates Hockey Skates to Local Organizations

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pittsburgh – Robert Morris University, in conjunction with Bauer, donated 100 pairs of hockey skates to two local hockey organizations on Thursday during an event held at the RMU Island Sports Center.

The Pittsburgh ICE and the Steel City Icebergs each benefited from the generosity of Robert Morris and Bauer at the reception when men’s ice hockey head coach Derek Schooley and other members of the team were on hand for the event.  Each group received 50 pairs of skates to be distributed to their members for their respective upcoming seasons.

The Steel City Icebergs are a part of Pittsburgh Special Hockey which is an adaptive program for both children and adults with developmental disabilities such as autism, Down Syndrome, and traumatic brain injuries.  The Pittsburgh ICE – the I-C-E stands for “Inclusion Creates Equality” – is a part of an National Hockey League initiative that provides under-served kids in the Greater Pittsburgh Area the opportunity to learn and play hockey at no cost.

In conjunction with the 2013 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four that was hosted by Robert Morris University in April at Pittsburgh’s CONSOL Energy Center, Bauer donated 100 pairs of hockey skates to be used at the free public skating event during the week of festivities.  The free skate event, held on April 12, drew approximately 1,100 fans over four separate half-hour sessions.  Bauer annually donates skates to the host institution of the Frozen Four to be used in the event; the only stipulation is that the skates be donated after the event within the community. 

After deliberation, Robert Morris chose the Pittsburgh ICE and the Steel City Icebergs as the recipients and will split the 100 pairs of skates between the two organizations.  Both organizations also got to skate on the Frozen Four ice before the event kicked off as a part of the “Hockey is for Everyone” initiative.

As a part of the event, members from both organizations were invited to skate with current student-athletes from the men’s ice hockey team Zac Lynch (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Bay State Breakers)David Rigatti (Pittsburgh, Pa. / Texas Tornado), and senior captain Colin South (Sewickley, Pa. / Bay State Breakers).

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.