ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Winter may be over but that didn’t stop a few hundred kids from lacing up their skates and hitting the ice. It’s all a part of a new county program to help kids learn how to skate

There’s a first time for everything.

“This is his first year, first experiences,” said Jessica Stanton.

For four-year old Jacob, this is his first time on the ice.

“Yeah,” said Jacob.

And to help him build his skills, Siena men’s hockey coach was there to help keep their balance and build their confidence

“Need a hand? C’mon you guys,” said Siena coach Jeff Fraser.

“It’s a lifelong skill these guys can learn and another way for him to be active,” said Albany Executive Dan McCoy.

The six-week program was started by the county to help kids stay active. So far, 300 kids have signed up to learn a fun skill that goes a long way in the winter.

“They can go skating to hockey. It’s about great exercise, teaching them to live healthy,” said McCoy.

County Executive Dan McCoy had some fun as well.

“I’m doing this because the sheriff was afraid to come,” said McCoy.

As for Jacob, the next time you see him, he might have a hockey stick in his hand.

To learn more about this program, click on the link below:

You can also call the Dept. of Recreation at 518-434-5699.