The Ducks will host a t-shirt unveil party for the winners of The Academy and Anaheim Ducks t-shirt design contest today, April 13, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Team Store powered by Reebok at Honda Center. Thirty-two pairs of students in the design program at The Academy participated in the contest this spring. Students were “hired” to present t-shirt designs for sale in the Anaheim Ducks Team Store powered by Reebok with all net proceeds going to The Academy. All of the students were invited to an Anaheim Ducks game to gain inspiration for their designs. Three of the designs were selected as winners of the t-shirt design and one design was made into a baseball cap. Orangewood donors, including members of the Board of Directors, will be on hand today to get their first glimpse of all thirty-two submitted designs including the three winning t-shirt designs. Attendees of the event will have the first opportunity to purchase the three winning t-shirts.
The idea for The Academy started almost 10 years ago by Ducks Owner Susan Samueli and Sandi Jackson, two local philanthropists and members of the board of directors of Orangewood Children’s Foundation. Susan and Sandi were concerned about the low high school graduation rates among teens in Orange County, including foster care teens served by Orangewood. They decided to explore new educational opportunities for local high school students and research best practices around the country. They rallied like-minded individuals and organizations from philanthropy, business, education and child advocacy to join their efforts.
The Academy offers educationally under-served communities a new choice for the high school education of their teens. The mission of The Academy is to provide a transformational learning environment to community, underserved and foster teens that offers consistency, stability, support, and a community in which to belong, thrive and grow into successful, independent adults. Future expansion of the campus will include on-site housing for those students who need a stable living environment in order for them to excel academically. For more information please visit http://www.theacademyoc.org/index.php.