ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the club will hold its first Schools and Education Program seminar this Saturday at the Arrowhead Pond. Entitled Mighty Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (which stands for Scholastic Curriculum Of Recreation & Education), the new grass-roots program is a year-round initiative to help motivate local students in physical fitness and academics.
Employing an interactive method using hockey to teach essential topics such as the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle, and the value of teamwork, Mighty Ducks S.C.O.R.E. focuses on elementary students in local counties.
“This weekend’s seminar is a great way for the Mighty Ducks to make a positive impact in our education system,” said Mighty Ducks Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Tim Ryan. “And this is just the beginning of a program we have very big plans for in the future.”
The Ducks will host Saturday’s street hockey clinic for more than 30 physical education teachers from schools and program centers selected to participate this year. The instructors will review the Mighty Ducks S.C.O.R.E. street hockey curriculum and learn how to communicate fundamentals of the game to their students.
In its inaugural year, Mighty Ducks S.C.O.R.E. reaches schools in both Orange and Riverside Counties, with plans to grow and incorporate a greater number of schools and grade levels in years to come.
This year’s program includes fourth-grade students from 19 area schools and one program center. It is designed to be integrated into already existing physical education classes, with students being graded on their participation.
The 10-day Mighty Ducks S.C.O.R.E. curriculum, which has been reviewed and approved by the Orange County Department of Education, Chapman University and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, is free to participating schools. Each school receives street hockey equipment (40 sticks, 50 hockey balls, four hockey goals, and four sets of full goalie gear), a kick off assembly with Wild Wing and the Power Play girls, street hockey student workbooks and a teacher’s manual.
In addition, these schools and 100 others will participate in the Mighty Ducks S.C.O.R.E. In-Class Education Program. This program gives each student a Mighty Ducks school supply kit, participation in a reading program with academic incentives and an invitation to the Annual First Flight Field Trip at the Arrowhead Pond. The In-Class Education Program is free of charge to schools.