The Philadelphia Flyers have invited Jasmine Martinez, a senior at Neumann University, to help represent the team at the podium for the Flyers’ first draft pick (#5 overall) during ESPN’s national coverage of the NHL draft on Thursday, July 7.
The draft starts at 7 p.m. from the Bell Centre in Montreal.
Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for the Flyers and a member of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey & Education Board of Directors, worked directly with Snider Hockey & Education to provide an all-expense-paid trip to the draft in Montreal for Jasmine and her mother, Jennifer.
Martinez is a first-generation Ed Snider Youth Hockey Goals & Assists Scholar. The award covers tuition, room and board at Neumann where she has been successful both academically and on the university’s NCAA women’s ice hockey team. She will graduate early, in December 2022, with a degree in Sport Management and is already taking graduate courses in Neumann’s Sport Business master's degree program.
She has participated in community service programs during college, including a meeting with students from Chester’s Drexel Neumann Academy in February to encourage them to attend college and earn a degree.
According to Scott Tharp, president and CEO of Snider Hockey, Martinez has been enrolled in Snider programs for 14 years (since age 7) and currently serves as a mentor and coach to students enrolled in Snider Youth Hockey summer camps. She has represented Snider programs on the ice at the 2010 Winter Classic in Boston, as well as in international competition in Europe as a member of the USA Women’s Ball Hockey team.