The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club will host the fourth annual S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey Shootout this Saturday, May 7 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Honda Center parking lot. Fourth-grade students from 20 local area schools will participate in the tournament. Each participating school is currently enrolled in the Ducks’ S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum of Recreation & Education) program, consisting of 25,000 local students representing 250 schools.
“We are looking forward to hosting another competitive street hockey tournament this Saturday,” said Ducks Director of Fan Development Matt Savant. “As we complete our sixth season of the Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program, it’s great to see school children develop a passion for this very entertaining brand of physical fitness.”
As part of the S.C.O.R.E program, 45 schools and 4,500 children currently play street hockey as part of their in-school physical education curriculum. The program is funded by the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, which provides a full donation of street hockey equipment, training for physical education instructors and a 10-day curriculum. The first 20 schools to sign up for Saturday’s Street Hockey Shootout were awarded teams for the tournament. The Ducks launched the S.C.O.R.E. program in 2005, aimed at in-class and physical education through free educational standards-based programs and incentives for all participating teachers and students.
Three-time champion Friends Christian School of Yorba Linda returns to defend its title. The S.C.O.R.E. Cup is awarded annually and engraved with each winning school and player names. Hosted by Ducks television personality Kent French, the tournament will also feature silent auction items with Anaheim Ducks signed merchandise, with all proceeds benefiting the Anaheim Ducks Foundation. Ducks corporate partners Censource, Inc., Pepsi and the Orange County Register will also be on hand to support the tournament.
The Ducks S.C.O.R.E. program is a past recipient of the Orange County Board of Education’s Outstanding Contributions to Education award (May 2010), the National Science Teachers Association’s (NSTA) Faraday Communicator Award (2010) and the California Reading Association’s (CRA) Celebrate Literacy Award (2008). S.C.O.R.E.’s in-class education program consists of three smaller facets: school supply donations, a reading program (Reading is the Goal) and an interactive field trip (First Flight).