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Red Wings wrap up 2011-12 School Assembly Program

by Anne Hayes / Detroit Red Wings
DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings alumni Kris Draper, Eddie Mio and Kirk Maltby will each visit a local elementary school on Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30, 2012, during the final three of 100 stops performed by the 2011-12 Red Wings School Assembly Program sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

At the start of the 2011-12 season, the Red Wings School Assembly team made a pledge to introduce the sport of hockey to 100 local elementary schools throughout the year. The team accomplished their goal, reaching out to over 40,000 kids and donating 200 sets of floor hockey equipment along the way.

The Red Wings School Assembly Program was launched in 2010 as a vehicle to introduce children to the sport of hockey and encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. During each visit, the school assembly team opens the program with a lesson on exercise and healthy eating tips, followed by a fun face-off between teachers and students during a hockey shootout competition.  Each school participating in the program receives two full sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and goalie nets courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. A Red Wings folder and a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan keepsake magnet that lists five fun after-school activities are also distributed to the students.

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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