Bishop Kearney Announces In-Residency Girls Hockey Program
Elite Players From Around the Globe Will Live, Learn, and Compete
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (November 6, 2014) – Today Bishop Kearney High School, a Golisano Education Partner, announced a partnership with LEGACY Global Sports to offer the first-ever Selects Academy girls’ hockey program in the United States. The program will bring elite youth hockey players from around the world to live and learn at Bishop Kearney while competing in the country’s highest level of girls’ hockey.
To house students participating in the program, Bishop Kearney will be renovating the currently unused third-floor dormitory that previously housed teachers at the school. The dormitories are complete with kitchens, lounge areas and onsite RA space, all of which will be getting a modern upgrade for its new residents. Dormitory renovations are expected to completed July, 2015.
“We’re excited to be the first school in the country to offer a Selects Academy program for girls,” Bishop Kearney President Thomas O’Neil said. “This unique program gives elite hockey players from around the world, exposure to the high-level academics we offer here at Bishop Kearney, all in a nurturing environment where they can pursue both their academic and athletic dreams.”
Selects Hockey, a division of LEGACY Global Sports, is an internationally acclaimed youth program that gives young athletes from across the globe the opportunity to compete against the best in their sport while also receiving high quality academics. LEGACY Global Sports will recruit players worldwide to participate in the program. Once students are selected and confirmed, Bishop Kearney will house and educate the students and manage implementation of the hockey program.
“The Selects Academy at Bishop Kearney will be the premier hockey academy in the world for girls,” said Selects Girls Hockey Director, Kathy Pippy. “We’re excited to have found such a high-level education partner for this new venture that will help open doors towards future success for youth athletes.”
Bill Grays Regional Iceplex (BGRI) will be the on-ice home for the Selects Academy for Girls at Bishop Kearney. The teams will practice, play home games and receive off-ice training at BGRI. The Iceplex will also be the venue for all future international Legacy Global Sports hockey tournaments in the region, will hold player development programs for elite hockey teams/players, and be a recruiting location for future participating student athletes.
“Monroe County boasts an incredibly rich tradition in amateur athletics and Bishop Kearney has certainly contributed to that success by producing some of the most talented scholar athletes anywhere,” said Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks. “Kearney’s new International Girls Hockey Program is sure to attract world-class athletes, international attention, and economic investment right here in our community. I thank Bishop Kearney and all partners involved for helping to make this exciting program possible.”
About Bill Gray’s Iceplex
Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex is a 170,000 square foot, multi-sport facility located on the campus of Monroe Community College. It is home to 4 NHL sized ice rinks, a Bill Grays Restaurant & Tap Room, Abbott’s Frozen Custard, Coffee Etc. gourmet coffee shop, Locker Room Sports retail hockey store, Maksymum Hockey, Excelsior Sports Prep Academy, Travel Team USA. It is also the training facility for the Rochester Americans AHL team and home to Nazareth Ice Hockey, Rochester Youth Hockey, Rochester Americans Junior Hockey, Rochester Americans Tier 1 Hockey teams, Spencerport High School Hockey, ROC City Roller Derby, ROC City Raiders Football, Rochester Ice Cats Hockey and numerous other organizations. For more information, visit www.billgraysiceplex.com.
About LEGACY Global Sports
LEGACY Global Sports is a global sporting event and player management company. With a full range of event & tour management, travel & housing services, player development and athlete representation, LEGACY provides a complete sports experience for youth athletes and their families. LEGACY’s mission is to impact the lives of our customers by maximizing individual potential and providing lifelong international and domestic experiences.
About Bishop Kearney High School
Bishop Kearney High School, a Golisano Education Partner (www.bkhs.org), is a private, Roman Catholic; co-educational school located in Irondequoit, N.Y., The school currently educates students in grades six through twelve. It is nationally recognized for providing a quality college preparatory program in a values-based family environment.