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Youth hockey players receive scholarships

by Staff Writer / Detroit Red Wings

DETROIT – Ilitch Charities, the charitable arm of the Ilitch companies, awarded $20,000 in scholarships today to eight student athletes from the Little Caesars AAA hockey program and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL).

The students were honored at a ceremony at Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit, which was emceed by Ken Daniels, the Red Wings' television play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports Net.

Ilitch Charities Chairman Christopher Ilitch presented the scholarships to the following honorees:

Stephen Barnett of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Chelsie Boroski of Sterling Heights, Mich.
Ryan Brown of St. Johns, Mich.
Jillayne DeBus of Howell, Mich.
Andrea Kot of Goodrich, Mich.
Brandon Lubin of Commerce Township, Mich.
Mackenzie Smith of Jackson, Mich.
Jay Snyder of Toledo, Ohio

“Little Caesars youth hockey players represent some of the best young hockey talent in the country,” said Ilitch, who is also president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “These young people are not only talented athletes, but outstanding students. Ilitch Charities is pleased to provide college scholarships to help these rising stars attain their educational goals.”

Each year, Ilitch Charities honors outstanding Little Caesars hockey players with a scholarship toward the college or university of their choice. To qualify, students must maintain at least a 3.0 high school grade-point average, be a current member of a Little Caesars AAA or LCAHL team and have plans to attend a college or university within the next two years.

The Little Caesars AAA hockey program and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League are two of the country’s most respected youth hockey programs. Nearly 15,000 male and female athletes across the Midwest participate. Thousands of players have moved on to play collegiate hockey and more than 100 have played in the National Hockey League.

Michael and Marian Ilitch began supporting youth hockey in the 1960s, shortly after they founded Little Caesars Pizza.

About Ilitch Charities
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, visit
Ilitch Charities is affiliated with the companies owned by Michael and/or Marian Ilitch, long-time Detroit entrepreneurs. Ilitch companies include:  Ilitch Holdings, Inc., Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Little Caesar Pizza Kits Fundraising Program, Olympia Development and Uptown Entertainment. Additionally, Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers, Inc. Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.

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