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AVALANCHE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS


The Colorado Avalanche is proud to support a number of youth programs that focus on education, health & fitness and teamwork.

Every year Avalanche players and coaches can be found in the classroom using hockey principles to get students excited about school. The team is also committed to helping children with health and athletic programs by having the players and coaches share their knowledge about fitness, nutrition and hockey skills.

Kroenke Sports Charities is committed to improving the lives of families and children in Colorado. Our strategic community investment is in many forms: education, health and youth sports programs, donations of autographed merchandise and tickets, grants, appearances by our players, coaches, alumni and the personal service of our employees through KSE C.A.R.E. and individual efforts.

Altitude Sports & Entertainment broadens our community efforts through its airing of Public Service Announcements for a variety of organizations throughout the year. The donation of airtime to promote community agencies is valued at hundreds of thousands of dollars each month. Our players, coaches and staff are active participants in the community, dedicating more than 1,000 hours of their time to visiting schools, hosting youth sports clinics, lifting the spirits of young patients in the hospital and attending fundraising events that benefit the Colorado community.

http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2009/01/doc_icon.gif Click here to view Kroenke Sports Charities' 2010-11 report to the community.


COLORADO AVALANCHE MITES ON ICE
sponsored by Einstein Bagels

The Colorado Avalanche provides a unique opportunity to mite-aged hockey players by offering the Mites On Ice program, giving youth skaters a chance to play short games on Pepsi Center Ice during intermissions of selected Avalanche home games.

Each youth hockey association in Colorado is invited to participate, and registration is taken at the beginning of the season on a first-come, first-serve basis.

DETAILS:
• USA Hockey's American Development Model (ADM) is utilized for all Mite games at Pepsi Center, meaning teams will play in a cross-ice pattern as opposed to on full-length ice.

• Each association is allowed just one Mites On Ice night at Pepsi Center, ensuring more groups are able to participate in this great experience.

• Up to 28 Mites are allowed per intermission, allowing two games of 7-on-7 to be played at one time. There are no goalies.

• There is an 80-ticket purchase minimum for teams to participate in this event.

For more information on the Colorado Avalanche Mites On Ice program contact Tyler Reddy at treddy@pepsicenter.com or 303.405.1351.


AV FOR A DAY sponsored by AT&T

Avalanche for a Day recognizes inspirational kids in our community. The program encourages kids to continually strive for improvement and excellence in their school or community by offering a unique experience.  Selected candidates will receive a visit to an Avs practice, game tickets and dinner inside a suite at Pepsi Center and in-game recognition.  Candidates are chosen by their ability to inspire others, as well as their efforts to demonstrate a positive attitude facing hardships, remarkable commitment to improve their community, or extraordinary dedication to academics.

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following:

  • Good behavior
  • Positive attitude
  • Good citizenship
  • Community involvement (i.e. tutoring, community service projects, volunteer work or unique home situation such as caring for younger siblings or grandparents, etc.)
http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2009/01/doc_icon.gif Click here for the nomination form


AVS TEAM FIT 

Team Fit focuses on teaching kids about nutrition and fitness fundamentals. The program is available for classroom grades 3 through 8 throughout Metro Denver.

Classes that sign-up for Team Fit will be asked to make a “Team Fit pledge” for the school year. Following your pledge throughout the school year will make your students eligible to win Avalanche prizes! You can find where to make your pledge on the registration page.

Further details on how to win prizes will follow once you have signed-up.

Classrooms that sign-up will also be eligible to win an appearance by the Nuggets or Avalanche strength and conditioning coach that may include any of the following:

  • Nuggets or Avalanche team member
  • Fitness-based gift for each participant
  • Game tickets and/or team merchandise

The appearances will be held at various locations. Each appearance is one (1) hour and start times must fall between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., depending on the type of appearance. Appearances will be offered on an availability basis, from October 2013 through March 2014. (There will be no appearances from December 20 - Jan. 7, becuase of the holiday season).

Students are encouraged to participate with Team Fit on their own:

If you have any questions please contact Mark Randall at mrandall@pepsicenter.com or 303-405-1327. You will be contacted once your request form is processed.

http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2009/01/doc_icon.gif Click here to sign up for the Team Fit program


Break The Ice BREAK THE ICE

The Avalanche's Break the Ice program gives third- and fifth-grade students with little or no skating experience the opportunity to receive free skating instruction at the Avalanche Practice Facility in Centennial, Colo.

Each selected school will have the opportunity to bring 50 students to further their physical education by engaging in ice skating with Avalanche players and staff. The program is open to schools in the Denver Metropolitan area.

For more information on the Avalanche's Break the Ice program please contact Doug Fulton at dfulton@pepsicenter.com.

http://cdn.nhl.com/images/upload/2009/01/doc_icon.gif Click here to sign up for Break the Ice


QUEBEC INTERNATIONAL PEE-WEE HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

The Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament is known as the largest and most prestigious Pee-Wee tournament in the world. It features 110 teams each year of 11- and 12-year-old hockey players from more than 14 countries.

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club has sponsored a team in the tournament since 2003, providing an all-expenses paid trip to Quebec City, Quebec, Canada for the winner of its annual Quebec Qualifier Tournament. The Avalanche provides head-to-toe Avalanche gear to all players each season, hosts a practice with selected Avalanche players before the tournament and takes care of all travel and other related tournament expenses.

The Arapahoe Ice Warriors represented the Avalanche at the 2013 tournament and went on to win the organization's first Quebec pee-wee championship after winning all five of its games. In 2014 the University of Denver Jr. Pioneers represented the Avs and continued that championship tradition by winning the organization's second title in as many years. In 2015, the Boulder Bison went to the competition as the Avalanche's representative. Throughout the 2015 tournament the Bison updated friends, family and fans on the experience via ColoradoAvalanche.com's "Postcards From Quebec" feature.

WATCH: Boulder wins Avs 2015 Quebec Qualifier Tournament
WATCH: Avs players host a 2015 pee-wee practice
VIEW: The Bison share photos from their time at the competition


AVALANCHE PLAYER CLINICS

During the Avalanche's regular season, private on-ice hockey clinics are held with local youth hockey associations. These private clinics are one-hour sessions, led by a designated Avalanche player, that focus on the fundamentals of ice hockey.

For more information on Avalanche Player Clinics contact Doug Fulton at dfulton@pepsicenter.com or 303.405.1107.





AVALANCHE YOUTH SKATER

At each Colorado Avalanche home game we will reward one youth as that night's honorary Avalanche Youth Skater. This program allows associations the opportunity to honor one player with a once-in-a-lifetime experience by leading the Colorado Avalanche onto the ice just before the puck drops.

We’re looking for skaters who distinguish themselves from their peers and deserve this special opportunity because they inspire those around them or have endured a hardship. Associations may certainly nominate more than one deserving skater. This opportunity is open to players at all levels.
 
Click here to nominate a child


COLORADO AVALANCHE PROGRAM SALES

The Colorado Avalanche offers youth hockey associations an opportunity to sell game programs at each Avalanche home game. The participating group keeps 100 percent of proceeds, which can be used at your discretion to support your association. Groups have recently raised nearly $220,000 to support their individual programs.

DETAILS:
• Because of limited number of games available it is the responsibility of each association to select volunteers and determine how funds will be used to best support your association.

• Each chosen association will be required to provide at least 15 volunteers for program sales.

• Each participating group keeps 100 percent of proceeds; no game tickets will be provided.

For more information about the Colorado Avalanche Program Sales opportunity, or to confirm your association's date, please contact Tyler Reddy at treddy@pepsicenter.com or 303.405.1351.
Bernie Valentine
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