The Atlanta Gladiators revealed that they have partnered with The Cooler in Alpharetta to launch their Youth Hockey Camp Program, the team announced on Tuesday. The camp will run Monday, July 11th through Friday, July 15th with session times ranging from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, offering young hockey players the chance to improve their game in a fast-paced, professional environment. The camp instructors - including Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt and Gladiators Team Captain & Atlanta Fire Director of Player Development Derek Nesbitt - recognize that the off-season presents the best opportunity for athletes to increase their strength and stamina, thus giving them a substantial edge over the competition. Were excited to get the Gladiators & Cooler camp started, said Brandt. There are a lot of young hockey players in the Metro Atlanta area and our hope is to help develop certain aspects of their game while having a week of fun. The week-long camp will provide players with an opportunity to focus on refining their skills, both on and off the ice. Participating players will experience three separate segments of training, including two separate hours of on-ice work mixed with an hour of off-ice training focused on hockey specific coordination and cardio exercises as well as dryland stickhandling and shooting work. The impetus behind launching the youth camp, besides helping local youth hockey players develop their skills, was to give back to the Metro Atlanta community that has always been so supportive of the Gladiators. We are really excited to be partnering with The Cooler in putting on this camp, said Gladiators VP and General Manager Joe Gelderman. Our plan is to build off of this in the future by doing similar camps via partnerships with the many other local rinks in Metro Atlanta. Continuing to further ingrain ourselves in the local hockey community is a longstanding goal of the Gladiators, and one we take very seriously. This camp provides a special opportunity for youth hockey players from all around the Atlanta area. It gives them a chance to learn both from the Gladiators and The Coolers experienced coaching staff, it gives them a chance to develop their skill set, and it gives them a chance to spend quality time with a few heroes that perhaps theyve seen play in a Gladiators jersey. Registrations are now open for camp, with sessions offered for the following age groups: Mite/Squirt, Peewee/Bantam, and Midget. Full camp information and online registration is available at atlantagladiators.com/hockeycamp. Questions can be directed to email@example.com. ABOUT THE COOLER:Opened in October of 1997, The Cooler began as one of the largest skating facilities in Georgia. The Cooler established itself as an Alpharetta icon providing public skating, birthday parties and special events for area families and their children. The Cooler is located at 10800 Davis Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30009.ABOUT THE GLADIATORS:The Atlanta Gladiators 14th season kicks off at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, October 14th against the Toledo Walleye at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nations premier AA hockey league. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Infinite Energy Arena, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth where parking is always free. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and consistently ranked as one of the top Things To Do in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit AtlantaGladiators.com, or like the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at gladshockey . -###-
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