NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Some kids in the Lowcountry hit the ice Wednesday as part of the South Carolina Stingrays Kids day.
It's the third year the team has put on the event as a way to introduce kids to a new sport, and reach out to the community.
More than 50 kids from the Carolina Youth Development Center Freedom Schools program had the chance to learn about all things
The kids started off with an equipment lesson with head coach Spencer Carbery.
"I don't want to play hockey," DJ Middleton said. When asked why DJ said, "I'd be sweating day and night [in the equipment]."
They were also able to ride the FanZam, which is well known at Stingrays hockey games.
Of course the part the kids looked forward to the most was hitting the ice with some of the coaches.
This is just one of the several outreach programs the team does during the off season, and one they always look forward
"I think every year it builds, and this year is no different," President Rob Concannon, of the South Carolina Stingrays, said. "It's great to see if some of the kids can skate. Some of them are using the walkers. It's just fun to interact with the kids, and talk to them about the Stingrays. A lot of them have never even heard of the Stingrays, and they're here in North Charleston."
It's also a way for some of the "at risk" kids to get away from some of their current situations at home and explore other
"I think it's good to try to make them laugh, have fun, show them how to skate and just say hello to them and have a conversation
with them," Concannon said.
"Maybe I can teach them [others] how to skate," Jaden Ferrell, who wants to play hockey, said.
While there were plenty of falls today, a lot of the kids said they're excited to come back with their families and skate again.
"I think that more girls should play on the hockey team," London Frasier, who came out for a second time to the event, said.
Besides skating, the kids were able to shoot some hockey pucks outside to get a feel for the game.
"It was great," Ferrell said.