CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Makayla Vandross along with 50 other at risk children from the Carolina Youth Development Centers Freedom School program spent the day learning how to ice skate.
"It's fun, it's scary too," said 13-year-old Vandross,"But you get the hang of it."
The kids also had the chance to sharpen their knowledge of the game of hockey thanks to the Stingrays.
"Its an opportunity to get them out here and it's something different," said former Stingray Matt Scherer."It's something new, so we are having a good time."
The program is a joint effort between the Youth Development Center and the Stingrays Kids' Day.
Normally the kids, who are part of a six week literacy based summer program would be in the books, but not today.
"I think it's really cool. We are learning from someone who actually plays hockey," Dashawna Davis said.
For most of the kids, this is their first time being on the ice and a dream of a lifetime to learn tips from the pros. Hockey 101, power turn, crossover and skating stride are just some of the things the kids learned.
"It's a lot of first timers out here so it's a great opportunity for the kids," said CYD Freedom School Executive Director Rhiannon Rainsford.
"I really enjoy it being out here with these kids and see them laugh and fall. It's really fun to be a part of," said former Stingray Johann Kroll.