AMARILLO, TX — Thanks to the Amarillo Bulls, Christmas has come early for dozens of Amarillo youth. After filling its inaugural free Little Bulls “Give Hockey a Try” clinic starting in January, the North American Hockey League’s Amarillo Bulls announced today that the team has added an extra weekly one-hour session in January for more Amarillo-area children 10 and under who wish to learn the fundamentals of ice hockey. Families can call 806-242-1122 or go to the Little Bulls home page (www.amarillobulls.com/littlebulls) to register and learn more about the program.
“We couldn’t be happier with the overwhelmingly positive response we have seen to the launch of the Little Bulls,” said Amarillo Bulls Majority Owner Alberto Fernandez. “As a member of the Amarillo business community for ten seasons, the Amarillo Bulls see the free Little Bulls clinics as an essential way to give back to a community that has so loyally supported the organization since its inception. Our goal for 2020 is to provide the opportunity for more local kids to play hockey than ever before in the history of Amarillo.”
Run by a staff of elite coaches — including Amarillo Bulls coaching staff, Bulls skills development coach Phil Huynh, as well as guest instructors with pro and college experience — the Amarillo Little Bulls offers skating lessons skills training for boys and girls.
The Little Bulls program kicks off in January with free “Give Hockey a Try” clinics. Players age 10 and under will receive skills training, as well as a free set of equipment to use throughout the month-long program.
The Little Bulls marked the historic moment of its launch with a special surprise to the program’s first-ever registered player on Wednesday afternoon.
Bulls staff, accompanied by team mascot Rampage, surprised 7-year-old Amarillo resident Alyvia-Kate Holman with a Bulls jersey, stick and tickets to an upcoming Bulls game when she got off the bus from school. “We are trying different sports for her, and equipment is expensive,” explained her mother, Kristina Holman. “This allows us to let her learn to skate and play more [sports]!”
The Amarillo Bulls will continue its generous support of all youth hockey programs in the Amarillo area just as the team has done throughout its history. As part of its ongoing, substantial investment in Amarillo youth hockey, the team also has announced it is in the initial stages of planning for the potential construction of a community ice rink in the greater Amarillo area. The proposed new rink would serve as the home of the Little Bulls and as the practice facility for the NAHL’s Bulls, as well as provide local youth/adult hockey teams and ice skaters of all kinds more access to ice.
Due to limited space in the upcoming series of Give Hockey a Try programs, the Bulls will be offering the chance for five children to win a slot in the free Give Hockey a Try program during intermission of the Amarillo Bulls game Dec. 31 at 7:05 p.m. vs. the New Mexico Ice Wolves. For tickets to our New Year’s Eve game and future games at the Amarillo Civic Center, you can reserve your seats at www.amarillobulls.com/tickets or call 806-242-1122.