‘Revive the Rink’

first_imgDespite the restrictions, Roth said LYHA is hoping to get on the ice by the end of the month. In the meantime, young hockey players like her own children, Abigail and Bryce, are practicing at home with hand-eye coordination practice, agility drills and street hockey on roller blades or on foot. Abigail, 12, is a goalie on Lysander’s 14U girls team and Bryce, 9, plays for the 10U team. Dad Randy Roth coaches both teams.“We’re trying to do some off-ice training with our kids and keep them active as much as we can without physical ice,” Charla Roth said.Throughout the pandemic, LYHA has been holding various fundraisers to support the Revive the Rink initiative: raffling off gift baskets from local businesses, hosting Zoom bingo, helping out at the Earth Day 5K on July 12 and collecting bottles and cans.“We are coming up with lots of creative ways to raise money during COVID,” Roth said.The bottle and can drive is ongoing. The Ream family has set up a donation trailer by their home at 20 E. Oneida St. in Baldwinsville. Drop off your empties or text 315-382-5520 to schedule contact-free pickup.“We will be collecting bottles for the unforeseeable future,” Roth said. “So far we’ve raised $3,500.”LYHA is selling 50/50 raffle tickets for $50 each and is seeking sponsorships on the rink’s dasher boards from local businesses. To purchase a raffle ticket or learn about sponsorship opportunities, email lysanderyouthhockey@gmail.com.While the skaters are itching to get back on the ice, there is still much work to be done at the arena. LYHA is hoping to convert Rink 1 into a turf field by the end of August.“We are working with the owner on fulfilling some of the repairs that need to be done to the building in order to take occupancy,” Roth said.The arena will have to hire more staff to keep the facility disinfected and Roth has been researching what cleaning products to use once the rink reopens to the public.“All in all, I think we’re very anxious to get back on the ice,” she said. “We want to do it safely.”

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