New outdoor play area donated to Newark school

September 4, 2018 by  

The installation of new outdoor hockey rink surprised students as they returned to Phillip’s Academy Charter School in Newark for the start of classes. A charitable partnership among United Airlines, Prudential Center, and the New Jersey Devils made the rink possible.

A special ribbon cutting ceremony was held in late August and was attended by Travis Zajac (a center on the Devils team) and Mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka. There were also 200 students from the school there to hear about the rink, who then had the opportunity to hit the rink for themselves after the ceremony.

CEO of Philip’s Academy, Miguel Brito, commented at the ceremony that there is little outdoor space in Newark, so the school is very appreciative of the ability of the three organizations to come together to renovate the school’s outdoor play area. He added that Phillip’s Academy has been greatly supported over the past 18 months by the Prudential Center and the Devils and this rink exemplifies this high level of support.

The rink was made possible by the ‘Give 82’ program, in which employees of the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center volunteer 82 hours of service and give back to communities in the state.

Programs such as these often carry out banner printing to inform the community of such volunteer efforts and the many ways in which such projects benefit students and the general academic community.