Andre Iguodala doesn't know how to skate. He doesn't know the first thing about lacing up the skates or taping a hockey stick.

But that doesn't mean he wouldn't like to learn.

He just needs to wait until his 6-year, $81 million contract with the 76ers expires in June 2014.

"If I didn't have a contract, I would probably go out there and skate," Iguodala joked yesterday at the Flyers Skate Zone in Northeast Philadelphia. "That's a lot of money left on the table."

Knowing little about hockey didn't stop the Sixers' star forward from sharing life lessons with boys and girls in the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation's summer camp.

Iguodala spoke informally and fielded questions from the 40 participants who reside in Philadelphia and Camden neighborhoods and are learning to play Snider's favorite game at no cost.

"It's the same thing when you deal with kids, no matter what sport it is," Iguodala said. "They all have the same goals to get to the highest level and they're all doing something they love.

"I commend Ed Snider and what he is doing. I don't see it often, so it's something different. It's a great thing."

The program, which was founded in 2005 by the Flyers chairman and has already sent numerous young players to international competition, has hosted hockey players in the past - including Keith Primeau, Simon Gagne and even Wayne Gretzky - and has also seen its fair share of other celebrities and dignitaries.

Mayor Nutter, U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy (a former hockey player himself), local television sportscasters and now Iguodala have offered insights into their path to success.

But the message is always the same.

"The kids think it is very special when they get to hear from someone like Andre," said Jim Britt, the program's vice president and chief operating officer. "It gets the kids thinking about a bigger universe outside the world of sport. It gives them a peek into what kinds of things people have to do in their field to get to the top.

"It really adds to the flavor of what we're trying to do, which is more than sport. This program is about character development and life choices."

Among the subjects Iguodala, 25, touched on were the need to not take anything for granted, acting as a leader, and the importance of friendship. One camper asked him what it was like to deal with sometimes-jealous childhood friends once you're rich and famous.

"I brought with me two of those friends today," Iguodala said. "We were in diapers together. They all enjoy themselves, but it's not really about money. It's about who has each other's backs. And I know they have mine."

He even had a chance to touch on the Sixers' recent offseason moves and free agency.

"Before Jason Kapono, we had no three-point threat," Iguodala said of the player acquired from Toronto for Reggie Evans in early June. "Seeing coach [Eddie] Jordan's Princeton offense, I think it's going to be good. Before, teams would pack it in on us, because we couldn't score from three-point range and it was crowded in the middle. Now I think this is going to open it up for other guys."

Iguodala thinks that, with a more well-rounded roster and fewer question marks, the Sixers can make a run in the playoffs next season.

"I think every year you can potentially win," Iguodala said. "No one thought Orlando would make it to the NBA Finals. Everyone assumed it would be Cleveland. We gave Orlando everything they could handle. With a few tweaks, we will be right there."

While the accuracy of Iguodala's forecast remains to be seen, the impact of his words could be seen on the starstruck and sweat-stained young faces.

"It makes a big difference," Britt said. "There are life lessons beyond sport. They are shared by successful people in all fields. The need for hard work, focus, preparation and offseason training are important whether you become a doctor, a lawyer, a business person or an NHL player."

And don't rule out the NBA. *