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Smith will visit Clawson school this Friday

by Alex DiFilippo / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT - Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith will visit Clawson Middle School on Friday, Feb. 13, as part of the Detroit Red Wings School Assembly Program sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Michigan Education Savings Program and The Kroger Co. of Michigan. The program will take place from 1:40 – 2:40 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

Smith and the Red Wings School Assembly Team will introduce elementary students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative. The Red Wings will provide equipment and hands-on instruction to familiarize kids with the sport of hockey and to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle.

The School Assembly Team opens every program with an interactive lesson on exercise, healthy eating and the growing issue of bullying, followed by an energetic hockey shootout competition pitting students against teachers.

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.

Now in its fifth year, the Red Wings School Assembly Team has visited 427 local schools, reaching more than 215,000 students and providing 854 sets of equipment to physical education departments throughout southeastern Michigan. So far this season, the Red Wings School Assembly Team has visited 86 schools and reached more than 43,000 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.

A special fundraising initiative administered by the Red Wings School Assembly Program has helped local students raise more than $115,000 since 2011 for a variety of charitable endeavors.

This season, the Red Wings School Assembly Team plans to make 115 appearances. The most up-to-date schedule can be found at 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.

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