PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation has provided free floor hockey equipment to more than 550 elementary and middle schools in 10 different counties since launching its PensFIT program in 2012.
A first-of-its-kind program, PensFIT is a 3-year Penguins Foundation initiative designed to introduce children to the sport of hockey and facilitate an increase in physical activity by supplying elementary and middle schools with complete sets of floor hockey equipment. The equipment is used in physical education classes.
During the 2012-13 season, a total of 250 schools in Allegheny County received free all-inclusive sets of floor hockey equipment from the PensFIT program. The following season, Phase II of the program broadened its impact by adding over 200 schools from seven outlying counties including Washington, Fayette, Greene, Lawrence, Butler, Westmoreland and Beaver.
This season, Phase III of the program added 100 elementary and middle schools in Allegheny, Indiana and Armstrong counties. Since its inception, PensFIT has benefitted over 180,000 students in Allegheny and the nine surrounding counties.
Each set of equipment retails for over $1,000 and includes goals, sticks, stick bags, hockey balls, goalie equipment and storage bag. The program also provides teacher training, instruction and supplemental materials for the schools.
The Penguins Foundation is committed to encouraging children to embrace physical activity through the PensFIT program, a 3-year initiative created to reinforce the importance of exercising and developing a commitment to lifelong physical activity.
The Penguins Foundation teamed up for the duration of the program with corporate partner FedEx Ground who provided the shipping of all equipment to the schools free of charge.