SAINT PAUL -- The NHL's Minnesota Wild today announced it will host "Faceoff for Fitness" school assembly programs for the second consecutive season. The educational initiative emphasizes physical fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices to students across the State of Hockey.
The program debuted last season, with Wild players, staff members and Wild mascot Nordy leading six school assemblies about the importance of healthy and active lifestyles. The Wild will double its efforts this season, hosting 12 assemblies at local elementary schools, beginning today with a visit to Richardson Elementary in North Saint Paul.
Each "Faceoff for Fitness" assembly this season will feature a visit from a current Wild player or Wild alumnus Wes Walz, Wild mascot Nordy, and Wild staff member and former University of Minnesota and U.S. National Team member Erica McKenzie. The Wild will also continue its tradition of donating street hockey equipment to each participating school, and giving away Wild hockey cards, which feature fitness and nutrition tips along with photos of Wild players, to each student in attendance.
For more information on the initiative, or for elementary schools interested in hosting an assembly, please visit wild.com/fitness.