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Valley Children’s Healthcare gets naming rights for downtown Bakersfield ice center

Officials gather Thursday, June 7, 2018, as Valley Children’s Healthcare gets naming rights for the downtown Bakersfield, Calif., ice center. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Valley Children’s Healthcare has entered into a 10-year naming agreement for the downtown ice center.

The naming agreement for the Valley Children’s Ice Center was approved Wednesday by the City Council and includes $500,000 to fund operations. A portion of the funding will go towards programs aimed at introducing underprivileged children to ice sports, according to AEG Management Bakersfield.

“Valley Children’s is thrilled to support such a wonderful facility that offers programs to children and families who might not otherwise have the chance to participate in great sports like ice hockey and figure skating,” Valley Children’s Healthcare President and CEO Todd Suntrapak said in a news release. “We’re looking forward to a long partnership with the Bakersfield Ice Sports Center and the opportunity to help keep kids and families in the area active and engaged in sports and activities year-round."

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