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Kings to hold two special events in honor of Black History Month

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The Los Angeles Kings will be holding two special events in honor of Black History Month and to raise money for the Challengers Boys and Girls Club on Monday, February 28, and Tuesday, March 1.


The first event in conjunction with the 2nd Annual LA Kings Black History Night Presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car takes place on Monday, February 28, when the Kings host the Detroit Red Wings at STAPLES Center at 7:30 p.m.

During the game the Kings will honor groups and individuals such as Willie O’Ree (the first player to break the color barrier in the NHL), The Challengers Boys and Girls Club and The Tuskegee Airmen (the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces). Immediately following the game there will be a post-game reception with Official Host Percy Miller aka (Master P); a well-known Musician, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur. Nickelodeon Star and Sony Recording Artist Cymphonique will also be signing the National Anthem. In addition, the Kings will be honoring Kings/AEG Chief Administrative Officer Kevin McDowell for his outstanding achievements in promoting diversity in the workplace and his support of various community organizations.

“It’s important that the Los Angeles Kings both celebrate and raise awareness about the diversity of our sport – both on and off the ice,” said Jonathan Lowe, Kings Vice President of Marketing. “In our second year of this event, we are striving to continue to demonstrate our commitment to celebrating the achievements of significant African-Americans in the NHL and let people know that hockey is truly for everyone.”

On Tuesday, March 1, the Kings will also host a special interactive Hockey is for Everyone event at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo (555 North Nash Street) from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Children from the Challengers Boys and Girls Club in South Los Angeles and other local inner-city youth organizations will learn the game of hockey both on and off the ice with special instruction from Hockey Hall of Famer/Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille, O’Ree and other members of the Kings organization. Following the clinic, the kids will watch the Kings practice and have a chance to meet Wayne Simmonds and other current members of the team.

For more information on both events, contact Jonathan Lowe (Jlowe@lakings.com). To purchase tickets, contact Aaron Kulik (Akulik@lakings.com) or visit lakings.com/blackhistory. To donate/support the evening, contact Adam Pogach at apogach@lakings.com.

About Challengers Boys & Girls Club: Celebrating our 42nd year of service, Challengers Boys & Girls Club has been widely recognized as being one of the most successful youth outreach organizations in the nation dedicated to promoting the optimal social development for at-risk youth ages 6 to 17. This is accomplished by providing positive and constructive alternatives to alienation and juvenile delinquency through a comprehensive program of personal and educational development; parent involvement; academic enrichment; health and physical education; and various social and recreational activities, all designed to motivate, educate and elevate the children and teens of South Central Los Angeles to become responsible, caring, productive adults. A chartered member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Challengers has provided critical services for more than 35,000 at-risk and economically disadvantaged youth since its inception in 1968. For more information, please visit our website at www.cbgcla.org.

The Kings road trip continues in Columbus on Wednesday at 4 p.m. (PT) on FS West, AM 1150 and along the Kings Radio Network. The Kings are 7-0-2 in their last nine games.

The next Kings home game is on February 24 against Minnesota. For all Kings season ticket, mini-plan and group discount information, call 1-888-KINGS-LA (54647.52) and visit LAKings.com.

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