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Former Wing Burr to visit local school

by Anne Hayes / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT -- Former Red Wings forward Shawn Burr will visit Gearing Elementary School in St. Clair, Mich., on Friday, Dec. 2 during the Red Wings' School Assembly Program sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The event will take place at 1:45 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

Burr will be joined by the Red Wings' School Assembly team to introduce 325 elementary students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative in which the Wings provide equipment and hands-on instruction to local elementary schools. The program began in 2010 to introduce kids to the sport of hockey and encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. The Wings will introduce the program to 100 elementary schools throughout the 2011-12 season.

During each visit, the school assembly team opens the program with a lesson on exercise and tips on healthy eating, followed by a fun face-off between teachers and students during a hockey shootout competition.  Each school receives two full sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and goalie nets courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, as well as a Red Wings folder and a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan keepsake magnet that lists five fun afterschool activities.

The Detroit Red Wings Foundation is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation invests in the future of our community by providing funds and resources to worthy causes that contribute to the growth of the sport of hockey.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan supports community efforts across the state that improve lives and promote healthy lifestyles. The Blues invest in local communities by supporting organizations that share its commitment in leading Michigan to a healthier future.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit organization, provides and administers health benefits to nearly 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to members of Michigan-headquartered groups who reside outside the state. BCBSM also offers dental, vision and hearing plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit
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