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Skidmore hockey players to tutor high school students

Members of the Skidmore College men's ice hockey team are passing on knowledge as well as passing the puck.

Five members of the team have signed on to tutor scholars in the Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar Program (SSAS) in math, science, social studies and English. The tutoring sessions will take place at Saratoga Springs High School two days a week after school.

We at the high school are appreciative of the time and effort these student athletes are giving to our scholars, said Kathy Kennedy, SSAS academic coordinator, who oversees the program at the high school. "These college students are positive role models and can easily relate to their younger high school counterparts, offering a unique perspective to the tutoring relationship."

Skidmore coach Neil Sinclair said his players had been looking for more community service work last fall. His team has volunteered their time in the past at Maple Avenue Middle School with the Team of Two program. The student athletes also work with the Saratoga Springs community youth hockey teams.

The five players " freshman Andrew Ross, sophomore Kyle Montour, junior Matt Czerkowicz, junior Chris Webb and senior Ted Gowan " are a diverse group, Sinclair added, whose fields of studies range from pre-med to international affairs.

The 10 sophomores are the first group of Saratoga High School students enrolled in SSAS. In addition to a weekly after school homework sessions staffed by high school teachers, the students receive additional tutoring when needed.

For information about Saratoga Sponsor-A-Scholar, call Jim LaVigne, acting executive director, at 587-2472, visit www.saratogasponsorascholar.org or email saratogasponsorascholar@yahoo.com.""

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