Growing up in inner-city Philadelphia, Virlen Reyes had no idea what her future would look like. “I had no direction. I could not imagine having a goal for my life.” That was until she found the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation in eighth grade.
“If I didn’t have the people from ESYHF, I would not have gone to college.” Now a junior defenseman at West Chester University in Pennsylvania, Virlen credits ESYHF, a 2011-12 USA Hockey Foundation grant recipient, with getting her life in order. “I didn’t have steady grades before getting involved in hockey. But they (ESYHF) sat down with me and worked with me on whatever I needed help with. My grades were enhanced and I enrolled in AP courses.”