PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 Hockey players from Portsmouth High School and the Rogers, Middletown, and Rocky Hill Co-op will hold their 2nd annual Charity Hockey Game this weekend to benefit Rhode Island Social Skills Academy and Robin\u2019s Nest.\n\n\nOn Sunday, February 9, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Abbey Ice Rink, PHS and RMR hockey players will come together and play in a mixed-team island hockey game to raise funds for The Rhode Island Social Skills Academy\u2019s (RISSA) Robin\u2019s Nest. PHS senior, and team captain Maxwell Dooley has organized this 2nd Annual Charity Hockey Exhibition Game fundraiser as his senior project. Last year\u2019s debut event raised over $3,500 for the organization.\nThe Robin\u2019s Nest\/RISSA is a newly created program for young adults with disabilities transitioning from school into new jobs and possibly new living arrangements.\u00a0 This program was developed to help these young adults gain experience, knowledge, confidence, skills and awareness to be successful in their daily lives within their community and live a meaningful adult life. This nonprofit organization offers programs that develop the social confidence and skills necessary for success.\n\u201cThe Rhode Island Social Skills Academy is an organization that has a soft spot in my heart,\u201d Dooley said. \u201cHaving a younger brother with autism, I have a significant appreciation for education and support of life skills for special needs adults. I chose this for my senior project as I felt it was the perfect blend of two passions of mine, hockey and supporting individuals with special needs. I am looking forward to bringing many together for a fun and successful afternoon.\u201d\nTo create another successful fundraising event this year with aim to exceed last year\u2019s fundraising total, Dooley has pulled together members of the PHS Hockey Boosters organization, PHS hockey head coach and Portsmouth Public Schools special educator Bryan Kriner, as well as other PHS and Newport Whalers hockey families to organize an afternoon of community fun and entertainment while spreading awareness of RISSA\u2019s mission. The event will include:\n\n\n \tExhibition Game with PHS and RMR hockey players\n \tTwo mini scrimmages between Newport Whalers youth teams\n \tFundraising raffles, giveaways and silent auction prize items\n \tFun activities, games and prizes\n \tCeremonial puck drop for Robin\u2019s Nest\n\nEvent entry is $5 and all proceeds raised at this charity game will be donated to RISSA\/Robin\u2019s Nest.\nOrganizers thanked the many generous local businesses that have sponsored the PHS hockey team and donated raffle prize items for the event.\n\u201cIt\u2019s a great organization helping out individuals with disabilities and getting the community sponsorships to help support this fundraiser brings Aquidneck Island together in a unified front which we aim to teach our children in school. It\u2019s a fantastic way to lead by example and pave the road for our future\u201d Coach Kriner said.\nOrganizers are still accepting prize and giveaway donations ahead of the February 9 exhibition hockey day.\u00a0 Businesses and organizations should contact Maxwell Dooley if interested in donating or sponsoring this event.\n\u201cSeeing our local businesses support us in this fun and charitable event for the second year in a row is fantastic, and we are excited for another great turnout in community and fan support this year as well,\u201d Kriner added.\n\n\nAbout Robin\u2019s Nest \/ Rhode Island Social Skills Academy:\nThe Rhode Island Social Skills Academy (RISSA) is a charitable program providing social and educational support for adults (age 21 and over) with disabilities who are transitioning to adult life.\n\u201cThe Rhode Island Social Skills Academy and Robin\u2019s Nest is dedicated in memory of Robin Pacheco. Her vision has become reality.\u201d For more information visitwww.RISSANewport.com\u00a0or email\u00a0RISSA.Newport@gmail.com\u00a0or call Denise Patsos at (401)935-2419.