The Ducks will host the fifth annual S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey Shootout for fourth-grade students on Saturday, May 12 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in the Honda Center parking lot (lot adjacent to the 57 freeway). At the same time, the inaugural Anaheim Ducks i3 (interscholastic, inline, initiative) Roller Hockey League Playoffs will take place on Honda Center’s arena floor for fifth through eighth graders (8:30 a.m. – Noon). Nearly 400 students from 21 local schools will participate in Saturday’s tournaments. The winner of both the S.C.O.R.E. Cup and i3 Silver Skate Trophy will return to school with the championship trophies. Both events are free and open to the public
Each school (21 schools total) participating in next Saturday’s tournaments 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. As part of S.C.O.R.E.’s in-school physical education curriculum, 45 schools and 4,500 children currently play street hockey. While the street hockey program is only available to fourth-grade students, the i3 Roller Hockey League extends its reach to children in grades 5-8 who participated in the street hockey program and have graduated to inline hockey. Each participant in the i3 Playoffs will receive a miniature trophy, a Ducks hat, as well as tickets to a Ducks home contest during the 2012-13 NHL season.
Spots in the Street Hockey Shootout were awarded to schools enrolled in S.C.O.R.E.’s physical education program on a first-come, first-served basis. 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 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.
Ducks television play-by-play announcer John Ahlers, radio play-by-play announcer Steve Carroll, television host Kent French, former Duck J.F. Jomphe, radio analyst Dan Wood and mascot Wild Wing will appear at the tournaments. The S.C.O.R.E. Cup is awarded annually and engraved with each winning school and player names. Four-time champion Friends Christian School of Yorba Linda returns to defend its title. The tournament will also feature silent auction items with Anaheim Ducks signed merchandise, with all proceeds benefiting the Anaheim Ducks Foundation (S.C.O.R.E. is the primary program of the Anaheim Ducks Foundation). Each participant in the Street Hockey Shootout will receive a Wild Winger’s Kids Club gift bag.
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). The physical education program includes the street hockey curriculum and the all-new Captain’s Challenge, aimed at motivating fifth grade students to pursue better health and fitness.
For more information on the fifth annual S.C.O.R.E. Street Hockey Shootout, please visit www.ducksscore.com. Additional information about the i3 League can be found at www.DucksGoal.com.