Over the past ten years, the El Paso Rhinos have developed a school mentorship program that has become known as the “Skate Mates Educational Program.”
To expand community education efforts this season, Skate Mates will now include the Boys and Girls Club after-school program.
Rhinos Head Coach Cory Herman explains why Skate Mates has become such a significant part of the Rhinos’ philanthropic initiatives.
“It’s important for children to have mentors so they have someone to look up to and can develop a strong sense of who they want to become. Mentoring is also good for our players because it reminds them that they are held to a high standard and have a responsibility to
give back to the community that has been so good to our organization.”
Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso’s Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Tomasheski, also expressed his enthusiasm for the new working relationship.
“We are excited about our amazing partnership with the Rhinos. Athletes are a great example for kids. Their drive, determination, and discipline are qualities that our children can take and apply to their everyday lives.”
The Rhinos will ‘drop the puck’ on the new partnership with the Boys and Girls Club by visiting the main location at 801 South Florence Street this week.
Over the next six months, the players will regularly visit five schools and the Boys and Girls Club. They will become mentors that work closely with students on educational tasks and encourage them to excel outside the classroom.