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11th Annual First Flight Field Trip is Thursday

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
The Ducks will host the 11th annual First Flight Field Trip on Thursday, February 24 at Honda Center. Nearly 15,000 elementary school students (grades 3-6) will convene at Honda Center for an award-winning interactive learning program, entitled “The Heart of Hockey.” The program begins at 8 a.m. with over 40 activity points and exhibits for students to explore in the Honda Center parking lot. At 10:45 a.m., students, teachers and chaperones will take their seats for the on-ice segment of the field trip, featuring the entire Anaheim Ducks roster.

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“We’re proud to conduct this event for the 11th consecutive year and happy to be able to impact so many children by emphasizing health and fitness with our First Flight Program,” said Ducks Director of Fan Development Matt Savant. “Having 15,000 school children at Honda Center annually has been a great tradition, which we hope to continue for years to come.”

The First Flight Field Trip is a one-of-a-kind educational experience that transforms Honda Center into an interactive classroom. In this year’s program, “The Heart of Hockey,” children will study the health and fitness regimens of hockey players and how crucial nutrition is to their training. Each child will receive an interactive workbook and as the Ducks practice on the ice, students will apply their math and science skills to answer questions in the workbook. Students will watch taped segments from Ducks players and coaches on HondaVision (screen located above center ice), and hear live from players and coaches during practice as concepts from the workbook are further explained. “The Heart of Hockey” program will also touch upon lesson concepts including the function of the heart; the food pyramid as a tool for healthy eating; calories, as a form of energy that fuels the body; the importance of hydration and exercising for muscle health. The program will conclude with an exciting skills competition that the Ducks will participate in for the children. Students can root on their favorite players in skills such as hardest shot, shooting accuracy, fastest skater, obstacle relay and trick shot.

Recognized by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) with the 2010 Faraday Communicator Award (award for informal science programs in the United States), the First Flight Field Trip is a facet of the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation and Education) Program which was developed in 2005. The goal of the program is to promote and cultivate healthy living and academic excellence to all students in Southern California.

In addition, the Ducks have teamed with community organizations to present interactive exhibits that supplement lessons found in the First Flight workbook. Over 40 activity points surrounding “The Heart of Hockey” theme will be available for student participation in the Honda Center parking lot from 8-10:30 a.m.  The Orange County Department of Education; California State University, Fullerton; The Ocean Institute; American Diabetes Association; Melissa’s Produce; the Dairy Council; CHOC; Fitlosphy; Inside the Outdoors; Second Harvest Food Bank; Aramark; US Games and Coursing Around have all joined the Ducks in creating a more enriching program for all students in attendance.

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