Red Wings defenseman Brendan Smith will kick off the third year of the Red Wings School Assembly Program with a visit to St. Hugo of the Hills in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., on Wednesday, Sept. 4. The School Assembly Program is sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Kroger Company of Michigan. The program will take place from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.
Smith and the Red Wings School Assembly Team will introduce more than 500 elementary students to the sport of hockey through a youth street and floor hockey initiative. The 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 and healthy eating, followed by an energetic hockey shootout competition pitting students against teachers. New to the program this year, the assembly will address the growing issue of bullying.
Each school receives two full sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and nets courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation, as well as a Red Wings folder and a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan life size growth poster featuring Brendan Smith.
Now in its fourth year, the Red Wings School Assembly Team has visited 227 local schools, reaching more than 105,000 students and providing 654 sets of equipment to physical education departments throughout southeastern Michigan. Notable players and alumni such as Niklas Kronwall, Todd Bertuzzi, Kris Draper, Chris Osgood and Kirk Maltby have each attended an assembly.
A special fundraising initiative administered by the Red Wings School Assembly Program has helped local students raise more than $85,000 since 2011 for a variety of charitable endeavors.