L.A. Kings to host events in honor of Black History Month
Will also promote street hockey
Today, Feb. 16, the Los Angeles Kings will feature three original Tuskegee Airmen (the first African American military aviators) as their “Heroes of the Game,” and will split 100 tickets between Brotherhood Crusade and Challengers Boys and Girls Club. Additionally, on Friday, Feb. 17, the Kings will conduct a Street Knights Clinic at Challengers Club.
In an effort to promote physical fitness and to help fight urban childhood obesity, the Kings alumni and current players will host a street hockey clinic and offer instruction on the game. Two street hockey rinks will be set up, as well as the Kings Puck Shoot. The Kings will also donate a set of street hockey equipment to both Challengers Club and Brotherhood Crusade.
“It’s important that the Los Angeles Kings both celebrate and raise awareness about the diversity of our sport, both on and off the ice as we promote physical fitness,” said Jonathan Lowe, Kings vice president of marketing. “In our third year of this event, we are striving to continue to demonstrate our commitment to celebrating the achievements of significant African Americans in the NHL, and let people know that hockey is truly for everyone.”
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