Face Off Field Trip Provides Experience, Funding for Local Schools

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -- The Mississippi RiverKings held their first of two Face Off Field Trips Tuesday morning at the Landers Center. The Face Off Field Trip brings students from local schools to a RiverKings game, where they take part in an educational experience while also enjoying a hockey game.

Over 5,500 students were in attendance at the Landers Center Tuesday for the Face Off Field Trip. Overall, 19 schools participated, including schools from Desoto County, Shelby County, Memphis, Collierville Schools and Kennett Public Schools. Students received a workbook before the game and were prompted to complete questions in a variety of subjects throughout the game.

The Desoto County Schools Superintendent's Youth Leadership Council was the primary fundraiser for the game. Through the Face Off Field Trip, they raised over $7,000.

Chief Academic Officer of DeSoto County Schools, Jim Ferguson, says the partnership between the RiverKings and the Superintendent's Youth Leadership Council is critical.

"The Superintendent's Youth Leadership Council is extremely grateful for our community partnership with the RiverKings," Ferguson said. "Our program is totally funded by the Face Off Field Trips. In a nutshell our program is one of leadership coaching. It is an honor to lead some of the most incredible students in the world. The investment by the RiverKings is and will continue to produce great rewards."

Over 30 volunteers from the Navy, the Superintendent's Youth Leadership Council and others pitched in to help make the day a success.

The final Face Off Field Trip of the 2014-15 season is January 27. For more information visit riverkings.com/faceofffieldtrip.

The RiverKings are back home at the Landers Center this Saturday, November 29 for Mustache Awareness Night. Tickets start as low as $5 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com/riverkings. Groups of 15 or more get discounts on tickets and should call the RiverKings front office at 662-342-1755. The RiverKings are home December 5 for "Pack the House" for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Tickets are discounted $5 and groups get an additional $2 off. Contact the RiverKings front office for more information.

About the Mississippi RiverKings

The Mississippi RiverKings are supported by their community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and by program-related investments of the Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662.342.1755 or visit www.riverkings.com.

Photo Credit: John Coffin Over 5,500 students and 19 local schools participated in the RiverKings first Face Off Field Trip of 2014-15 Tuesday morning at the Landers Center.

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