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Blackhawks, kids play hockey at White House

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 8:29 AM / Let's Move

Capitals' Mike Green visits Powell Elementary School for People's Garden design reveal

Monday, 03.14.2011 / 8:29 AM / Let's Move
Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green and alumnus Alan May participated in a garden design reveal assembly at Powell Elementary School on March 10 with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The Caps, Powell Elementary School and the USDA are partnering to build a People's Garden at the school this spring.

USDA Forest Service landscape architect Matt Arnn and Natural Resources Conservation Service landscape architect Robert Snieckus presented the garden design to preschool through fourth-grade students during the school-wide assembly. In February Green and May joined the USDA in a planning session, where students, teachers and parents drew their ideal gardens. Arnn and Snieckus used those drawings to create the garden plan for Powell. During Friday's assembly, the landscape architects explained to the students how they incorporated the students' ideas into the plan.

Bettman, Hawks join Michelle Obama for "Let's Move"

Friday, 03.11.2011 / 8:55 PM / Let's Move

Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

WASHINGTON -- You figure Barack Obama is a tough act to follow. But that didn't faze the nation's First Lady on the South Lawn of the White House Friday afternoon.

After her husband welcomed the Chicago Blackhawks as the first hometown team to visit the White House during his presidency -- "this one is sweeter," he said -- the First Lady put the team to work as expert advisers for more than 70 kids on hand for a "Let's Move on the South Lawn" clinic. The "Let's Move" campaign, which Mrs. Obama founded in February 2010, is aimed squarely at getting America's kids to be more active and eat better.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman introduced the First Lady, but first announced a partnership among "Let's Move," the NHL and USA Hockey, the national governing body of amateur and Olympic hockey. As part of the announcement, Bettman noted that this coming November will be "Try Hockey for Free" month throughout the U.S., affording any boy and girl the opportunity to test their liking of the sport.

Quigley: Hockey has positive impact on kids, vets

Thursday, 03.10.2011 / 2:55 PM / Let's Move


U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (Ill.) is a firm believer in a direct link between playing hockey and good outcomes in the lives of its players.

Quigley, the co-chair of the Congressional Hockey Caucus, hosted a briefing Thursday to discuss the positive impacts of hockey on educational achievement and rehabilitation for veterans.

"Hockey is for everyone," said Quigley. "The mission of the Congressional Hockey Caucus is to make sure communities across the country have access to skates, sticks and rinks so they can reap the benefits of active and healthy lifestyles."

Green, Sharp to join First Lady for "Let's Move!"

Wednesday, 03.09.2011 / 1:51 PM / Let's Move
Let's MoveWashington Capitals defenseman Mike Green will join First Lady Michelle Obama, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, USA Hockey Executive Director Dave Ogrean and members of the Chicago Blackhawks for a street hockey clinic on Friday, March 11.

The clinic, which will be run by members of the Blackhawks and Capitals, is part of a new collaboration between the First Lady's "Let's Move!" initiative, the NHL and USA Hockey to encourage U.S. children to lead active and healthy lifestyles.

Green and Blackhawks All-Star forward Patrick Sharp, along with Obama, Bettman and Ogrean, will take part in a ceremonial puck drop to start the clinic.

NHL is part of "Let's Move!" anniversary

Wednesday, 02.09.2011 / 8:26 PM / Let's Move

Bob Condor - NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

When Michelle Obama debuted in a public service announcement aired on Versus during the Honda NHL SuperSkills competition during All-Star Weekend, the National Hockey League and USA Hockey officially joined in the First Lady's highly visible and successful "Let's Move" campaign. In the spot, she urged kids, "Let's move. Let's skate, shoot and score."

In this instance, "scoring" translates to U.S. children becoming more active by moving 60 minutes per day. Mrs. Obama established the Let's Move campaign last February to battle America's childhood obesity epidemic. Let's Move aims to promote the idea of more active kids plus more active families, healthier schools, safe routes to school and affordable, accessible food.

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