Hockey in Taos is important because it is one of the only sports that is so accessible. We have try hockey for free, and have started supporting sled hockey. Hockey gives those who cannot always participate in sports a chance to fall in love with a sport that is already so easy to love. Hockey in my town is one of the sports with the most dedicated coaches, parents, and players. We may not always win, but we always give all we can to the game. Hockey helps a to reach the kids in my community that do not always have an outlet or a strong support system. There are scholarships, and equipment banks that we have, to help ease a financial strain on families. Hockey gives everyone who participates a family to belong to, and a positive way to spend their time. Hockey in Taos has helped to better our community, pushing players to do better in school, and to stay out of trouble. The Taos High School team has won state, and are currently the New Mexico State Champions. Not because of flashy equipment, or because they have composite players, but because of the dedication of our Coaches and players who show up to 5:30 am practice four days a week. Hockey gives these students something to look forward to before they go to school every morning. It gives a reason to be the best people they can be. Hockey is a reason to become a responsible, and helpful adult. It gives role models, in the form of dedicated volunteers.