Finnish Hockey Friendship Forged at Upland

Published on December 18th, 2012

This year, the Upland Country Day School in Chester County is celebrating the 35th anniversary of our Friendship Forged on Ice hockey program with Turku, Finland.

In 1977, Upland started an exchange program with TPS Turku in Finland with hockey players from Finland spending the year as students on our campus (which is grades Pre-K – 9th) and our students traveling to Finland/Russian/Germany to play hockey each spring. This was the first middle school level international exchange program in the country and is the only one built around hockey. The goal was to use hockey as a vehicle for the youth from both countries to experience another culture and friendship despite a difference in language and 4,200 miles.

In the 35 years since the program started, 80 Finnish hockey players have spent the year with Upland living with families and each spring, our 8th and 9th grade hockey teams travel to Finland and Germany (for many years they traveled to Russia too) to play competitive hockey with international teams. More than 600 Upland hockey players have traveled to Finland to play since the program began.

This year, to mark the 35th anniversary of the Friendship Forged on Ice, a delegation of approximately 80 Finns are traveling to Kennett Square for hockey with our school and other teams.
 
Here is a link to a local story on the program (begins on page 66)
http://www.kennettsquaretoday.com/magazines/kennettsquarefall2012/index.html

Below is a link to TPS Turku, one of the most competitive hockey leagues in Finland
http://hc.tps.fi/briefly_in_english.

Upland Country Day School is located at 420 West Street Road in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.  They can be followed on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/uplandcds
 
Thanks to Corinne Hyzny, Director of Marketing, for the information.

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