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To Build the Ed Snider Ice Arena

In a partnership that epitomizes a symbiotic relationship, Neumann University and Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education have joined forces to expand the educational opportunities that both organizations can offer to youngsters — from elementary school through college.

SNIDER has presented Neumann with a challenge grant of $15 million to support the construction of the Ed Snider Ice Arena on campus. When the university matches the fundraising challenge, the SNIDER gift will be the largest that the university has ever received.

The grant was announced by Dr. Chris Domes, Neumann University president, and Scott Tharp, president and CEO of SNIDER, at an October 25 event on Neumann’s campus. The arena will be named in honor of Ed Snider, the iconic entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Philadelphia Flyers.

“We are thrilled to be partners with Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education, one of the most respected organizations in the country, and to honor the legacy of Philadelphia Flyers founder and chairman, Ed Snider,” said Dr. Domes. “Given our mission alignment, a partnership with SNIDER will reimagine what is possible for underserved youth in our area.”

An artist’s rendering of the main entrance to the Ed Snider Ice Arena.

"This collaboration will further help us promote health, wellness, and leadership to more students through our programs, while also strengthening the academic, co-curricular, and experiential learning opportunities for SNIDER and Neumann University," said Tharp.

Plans call for the university to continue raising funds for the next two years and begin construction of the arena no later than the spring of 2026.

The building will include two ice rinks, one serving as the home for Neumann’s ice hockey teams and another designated as the official home for SNIDER programming and outreach in the City of Chester and Delaware County. The rinks will have seating for 750 and 300 spectators, respectively.

Two classrooms and dedicated office space will support SNIDER’s educational programs in the arena. Since its founding in 2005, the organization has focused on education, teaching youngsters life lessons that support healthy, happy and productive lives.

Before his death in 2016, Snider said, “This is how I want people to remember me . . . this is what I want to be my legacy. What we’re doing for kids.”

"The success of this foundation will be measured by the thousands of boys and girls who come through our programs and have learned the importance of gaining an education, making the right life choices, and growing up to become productive citizens who give back to our society." ED SNIDER

Speaking via a video played at the announcement, Lindy Snider, daughter of Ed Snider and member of the SNIDER board of directors, said, “Even though he’s not here today, I think this would have delighted him . . . This partnership is the perfect marriage.”

The arena will also feature ten team locker rooms, training and treatment areas, kitchen and concession spaces, and a 7,000-square-foot lobby with tiered seating for campus and community presentations and meetings.

The structure will be located on the north end of Neumann’s campus, behind the turf field that sits next to homes on Convent Road.

Revenue generated by renting ice space to hockey clubs and organizations in the region will enhance Neumann’s ability to support its academic programs and provide scholarship assistance to students.

Neumann and SNIDER have a long history of collaboration. In 2014, the university presented its Sport, Spirituality and Character Development Award to Snider Youth Hockey & Education. In 2020, through its Goals & Assists Scholarship Fund, SNIDER gave $500,000 to Neumann to support full scholarships — including tuition, room, and board — for freshman and transfer students who participated in SNIDER programming as youngsters. In 2023, SNIDER held its annual Fit to Lead Conference at Neumann, hosting high school and college student-athletes and coaches for a free day of learning and inspiration.

At the site of the proposed Ed Snider Ice Arena are Scott Tharp, president and CEO of Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education; Lindy Snider, daughter of Ed Snider and member of the SNIDER board of directors; and Dr. Chris Domes president of Neumann University.

*ON THE COVER: Hockey players JD Speer and Chase Cochrane give two thumbs up at the announcement of the Ed Snider Ice Arena Challenge.

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