The National Hockey League celebrates February as NHL Diversity month. The 30 NHL Clubs are encouraged to support this initiative by providing unique programming tied into the theme “Hockey Is For Everyone”. To support this league initiative, the Nashville Predators held an essay contest during the months of January and February 2009 for middle school students in Davidson County schools. The 250 words or less essay topic was “What diversity means to me” as part of the Hockey Is For Everyone theme celebrating the NHL Diversity initiative. The winners of the contest received tickets to the Predators vs. Blues game on February 12th, meet and greet with Willie O’Ree, recognition on the band stage, and a post-game meet-and-greet with Nashville Predators players.Chase Hutson
of Meigs Middle Magnet School, Kendale Lark-Burch
of Litton Middle School, Julie Nguyen Do
of Croft Middle School, and Lilly Patey
of Meigs Middle School were the four winners of this year's essay contest.