The Los Angeles Kings will be holding two special events in honor of Black History Month. On Thursday February 16, 2012 they will feature three original Tuskegee Airmen (the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces) as their “Heroes of the Game,” and they will be giving out 100 tickets to be split between Brotherhood Crusade and Challengers Boys and Girl Club. Additionally on Friday, February 17, 2012 they will be conducting a Street Knights Clinic at Challenger’s Boys & Girls 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 instructing participants of each organization the game of hockey. Two street hockey rinks will be set up, as well as the LA Kings Puck Shoot. The LA Kings will also be donating a set of Street Hockey equipment to both Challengers Boys & Girls 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.”