Simpsonville, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, kicked off their inaugural Face-Off for Fitness after-school program on Wednesday at the Bethel Elementary Extended Day Program in Simpsonville.
Assistant Coach Brian Gratz, along with the team’s athletic trainer, Shay McGlynn, and players Brendan Rempel, Sy Nutkevitch and Mike Banwell were on hand to teach grade school students the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
“It’s always a rewarding experience to reach out and educate our area youth on the importance of living healthy,” Gratz said. “This is what we’re here for. We’re here to help make a difference and doing it through Road Warriors hockey makes it that much more fun.”
The program began with a 15-minute introduction in which the players and hockey staff answered questions and explained why they love hockey. The students were then assembled into groups and rotated through interactive stations that included hockey skills such as stick handling and shooting as well as fun and educational activities like “dress like a player” and a chalk talk about making healthy choices.
In the stretching exercise, McGlynn demonstrated to students several important stretches the players must do before hitting the ice. He also explained which muscles are being worked and what could happen if players don’t stretch long enough.
Nutkevich taught students the basics of stick handling and guided them through an obstacle course set up by the team. In the shooting drill, Banwell showed kids how to take a proper wrist shot and had each student fire a wrister at an open net. Rempel demonstrated how to put on a full set of gear and explained how each part worked and why. He also talked about why the equipment is so vital to player safety and why hockey sticks are curved.
Finally, Gratz explained how each student can live a healthier life and how proper health can help players perform better on the ice.
The main objective of the program is to heighten the awareness and provide information to help kids make positive nutritional and behavioral choices along with keeping them active.
Face-Off for Fitness will run through April 8, 2015. If you wish to book a Face-Off for Fitness program at your school, please email Road Warriors VP of Marketing, Megan Dotson, at email@example.com. You can also book a program with Megan over the phone at 864-250-4844.
The Road Warriors return to SANDLAPPER Securities Rink at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Thursday at 7:00 p.m. to battle the Gwinnett Gladiators. The team is offering $5 tickets at the Box Office while supplies last. It’s also Thirsty Thursday featuring $2 domestic beers, hot dogs, fountain drinks and pretzels. For tickets or more information, please call a Road Warriors Account Executive at 864-674-PUCK or visitGreenvilleRoadWarriors.com/tickets-overview.html! Go to ECHL.TV to listen or watch the game live.