The Anchorage School District‘s girls’ hockey program is back in business.
The Scotty Gomez Foundation Hockey Association announced Friday that it has entered into an agreement with ASD to offer girls’ hockey as an outsourced high school varsity sports program.
“It’s real simple, girls hockey is back and [the district will] fund it for the first year and then it’s up to us to come up with the money for the following couple years,” Carlos Gomez, the president of the Scotty Gomez Foundation, said, explaining the agreement his organization reached with the district.
Gomez estimates the cost to be at least $100,000 per season.
He says after the district announced last spring that it was cutting the program due to low participation, it really woke Anchorage’s hockey community up.
“When something big gets taken away from you, boy you come back fighting mad as hell, and that’s where I think the program is gonna go right now,” Gomez said. “I don’t see [any] problem justifying girls’ high school hockey from here on.”
It will also be up to the Gomez Association to promote and recruit for the program, but after this year’s summer-long battle to revive girls’ hockey, Gomez doesn’t think it should be much of an issue.
“I can foresee girls coming out of the woodwork,” he said.
And girls’ hockey will still follow the same guidelines as other high school sports, which are outlined by the Alaska School Activities Association.