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Rangers, Chase lend assist to Rye Playland Ice Casino
The superstorm Sandy-damaged Playland Ice Casino is getting an assist from the Rangers and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
New York Ranger Assist, a community program launched on Feb. 7 that is part of a broader commitment by Madison Square Garden and Chase to take action in the community, will repair the Rye ice rink and a second one in Long Beach.
"We are proud to collaborate with Chase to restore two community rinks in New York that have a special connection to the Rangers organization and serve so many hockey fans in the area," said Howard Jacobs, executive vice president of marketing and sales for MSG Sports. "This new program further expands the Rangers' longstanding commitment to providing youth and adults with a variety of opportunities through camps, clinics and special events to have fun, learn the game of hockey and hone their skills."
Playland suffered millions of dollars in damage to its boardwalk and ice casino from Sandy when sand and fish were washed up on the ice in the skating rink. The ice casino has been shuttered since and local hockey leagues have been scrambling for ice time at other nearby arenas. The Rangers will provide a new refrigeration system as well as roof and structural repairs, according to Westchester Legis. Judy Myers.
"It is incredible and welcome news that the New York Rangers and Chase have chosen to create a community-based program and one of its first beneficiaries will be Westchester County," Myers said in a release.
The Knicks and Chase unveiled a similar initiative in December – Basketball in the Boroughs, presented by Chase – a program that serves thousands of youth in the five boroughs through free basketball clinics, Knicks player and alumni appearances, and basketball court refurbishments.