SAINT PAUL -- The National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild today announced the launch of its "Faceoff for Fitness" program, a new, educational initiative that emphasizes physical fitness, nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices to students across the State of Hockey.
The program debuted this afternoon at Washburn Elementary School in Bloomington, as Wild defenseman Mike Reilly, Wild staff member, 2004 Ms. Hockey, and University of Minnesota and U.S. Women's National Hockey Team alumnus Erica McKenzie, and Wild mascot Nordy led a school assembly about the importance of a healthy and active lifestyle. The Wild donated street hockey equipment to the school and all students received a pack of Wild hockey cards, which feature fitness and nutrition tips along with photos of Wild players.
"Washburn Elementary was excited to partner with the Minnesota Wild to kick off the Faceoff for Fitness School Assembly Program," said Principal Andrew Wilkins. "Our students heard a very important message about nutrition and exercise. It was great to hear the message from Mike Reilly and Erica McKenzie, two people who have achieved great success in their athletic careers."
The Minnesota Wild "Faceoff for Fitness" program will continue throughout the 2016-17 season, as the Wild brings the assembly and donates a set of street hockey equipment to a new school each month through March. For more information on the initiative, or for elementary schools interested in hosting an assembly, please visit wild.com/fitness.