DETROIT – The Detroit Red Wings today announced the ‘Score for Your School’ VIP Party set for Sunday, March 29 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Joe Louis Arena. More than 2,000 students qualified for the VIP Party after hitting fundraising goals by selling four or more tickets to a Red Wings game with a portion of the proceeds returning to the school. In all, the Red Wings School Assembly Program has returned $65,000 back to local schools during the 2014-15 season.
Students in attendance will have the opportunity to skate on the ice at Joe Louis Arena, tour the Red Wings locker room, play interactive hockey games and enjoy entertainment and food on the concourse level. Several unique photo opportunities will also be available for students, including the chance to take a photo by Nick Lidstrom’s recently-retired jersey banner, Al Sobotka’s famed Zamboni and Al the Octopus. Additional entertainment, such as a raffle drawing, face painting and balloon creations, will also take place on the concourse.
The Red Wings School Assembly Program, sponsored by Michigan Education Savings Program and The Kroger Co., of Michigan, introduces elementary school students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative. The Red Wings provide equipment and hands-on instruction to familiarize kids with the sport of hockey and to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.
Now in its fifth year, the Red Wings School Assembly Team has visited a total of 441 local schools, reaching more than 222,000 students and providing 882 sets of equipment to physical education departments throughout southeastern Michigan. So far this season, the Red Wings School Assembly Team has visited 102 schools and reached more than 45,000 students. Notable players and alumni such as Pavel Datsyuk, Niklas Kronwall, Jimmy Howard, Danny DeKeyser, Justin Abdelkader, Kris Draper, Kirk Maltby and Chris Osgood have each attended an assembly.
Each school receives two full sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and nets courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. In addition, every student receives a Red Wings folder from the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, an informational brochure on college savings strategies, courtesy of Michigan Education Savings Program, and a healthy eating cookbook with coupons from Kroger.
For more information or to register your school for a visit from the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program, visit www.DetroitRedWings.com/SchoolAssemblyProgram.
About the Detroit Red Wings Foundation:
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. Ilitch Charities is a non-profit organization that invests in our community’s future by supporting innovative, collaborative and measurable programs in the areas of community development, human services, education and recreation through contributions from the Ilitch companies, their colleagues and the generosity of others. For more information, please visit www.DetroitRedWings.com/Foundation.
About the Michigan Education Savings Program:
MESP is one of three Michigan Section 529 plans, all of which offer Michigan taxpayers a state income tax deduction on contributions and potential tax-free growth on any earnings if account proceeds are used to pay for qualified higher education expenses. MESP can be used at any eligible college, university or trade school in the nation for a variety of qualified expenses, including tuition, mandatory equipment, fees, certain room and board costs, supplies and books. Limitations apply. See the MESP Disclosure Booklet for details. To learn more about MESP, visit MIsaves.com or contact us at 877-861-6377.
About The Kroger Co. of Michigan:
Incorporated in Michigan in 1909 and headquartered in Novi, The Kroger Co. of Michigan includes 17,000 associates, 124 Kroger stores, 64 fuel centers, 103 pharmacies and the Michigan Dairy.
Kroger, one of the world's largest retailers, employs more than 375,000 associates who serve customers in 2,640 supermarkets and multi-department stores in 34 states and the District of Columbia under two dozen local banner names including Kroger, City Market, Dillons, Food 4 Less, Fred Meyer, Fry's, Harris Teeter, Jay C, King Soopers, QFC, Ralphs and Smith's. The company also operates 786 convenience stores, 320 fine jewelry stores, 1,240 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food processing plants in the U.S. Recognized by Forbes as the most generous company in America, Kroger supports hunger relief, breast cancer awareness, the military and their families, and more than 30,000 schools and grassroots organizations. Kroger contributes food and funds equal to 200 million meals a year through more than 80 Feeding America food bank partners. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber's Million Dollar Club.