Tuesday, February 5, 2008
GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Phoenix Coyotes President and Chief Operating Officer Douglas Moss announced today the launch of “Caring for our Children” Presented by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) – a month-long commitment by the Coyotes to bring attention to health and education issues impacting our community’s children.
Throughout February, the Coyotes will invite local non-profit organizations to each home game to raise awareness and funds for their child-centered causes. Groups in attendance will include the American Heart Association, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Childhelp and Special Olympics.
The highlight of “Caring for our Children” will be a clothing drive on Sunday, Feb. 24 sponsored by Swift Charities for Children to benefit the West Valley Child Crisis Center. Fans are encouraged to donate clothing outside Gates 4 and 7 at Jobing.com Arena prior to the Coyotes game versus the St. Louis Blues at 6:00 p.m. Everyone who donates will be eligible for a raffle to meet Coyotes players Keith Ballard, Fredrik Sjostrom and Radim Vrbata
following the game.
Also lending their support for “Caring for our Children” are Nick Boynton, Daniel Carcillo, Derek Morris
, Coyotes television announcers Dave Strader and Darren Pang and radio announcers Bob Heethuis and Louie DeBrusk. Each player or announcing team will champion a selected cause by filming an informational in-game PSA video, auctioning a basket of their favorite things to help raise funds for their organization and hosting a post-game meeting with the winning bidder and volunteers.
In addition, the Coyotes and ADHS are participating in a nationwide, week-long effort on Feb. 17-23 to educate youth about the dangers of smokeless tobacco and help users quit dipping and chewing for good. An information booth will be located on the main concourse during Coyotes games on Feb. 19 and Feb. 24, providing information, educational games and resources for people of all ages, but especially reminding our youngest fans that smokeless tobacco (snuff, dip and chewing tobacco) can be every bit as dangerous and addictive as lighting up a cigarette.
The team’s support for our community’s children will extend beyond the confines of Jobing.com Arena as players, The Pack dance team and Howler – the Coyotes’ mascot – will visit with kids at Phoenix Children’s Hospital on Feb. 13.
“Caring for our Children” is part of Coyotes Causes – a season-long program dedicated to partnerships among the Coyotes and various non-profits to support community outreach initiatives from October through March. Each month’s initiative includes a table with information about the cause at home games on the main concourse near Section 116.