Hundreds of school children will pack The Hive on November 7, as the Sarnia Sting play their first ever "School Day" game.
The contest, against the Flint Firebirds, will start at 11 a.m. and will be open to kids in Grades 3 through 6.
It's being done in partnership with Progressive Auto Sales and the local public and Catholic school boards.
On game day, there will be an educational component, including a focus on healthy-active living, basic math statistics, and geography as well as the importance of mental health.
The students will be given a specialty Sting exercise book to participate in activities throughout the game and to reflect on the experience in class.
Sting Vice President of Business Operations Jake Bourrie said the organization prides itself on being leaders in our community and positive role models for the youth.
"We are excited about the opportunity to continue to use our platform in this manner in serving as a unique learning and experience opportunity for these kids, one we hope they reflect fondly on when looking back," said Bourrie. "We would like to thank both the St. Clair Catholic School Board and Lambton Kent District School Board for their collaboration and support on this community, youth focused initiative. In addition, we wish to recognize the continued partnership of Progressive Auto Group who continue to support the Sting and many other community focused projects."
Head Coach Alan Letang said it's a great example of how the team is becoming more and more active in the community.
"It's a great experience for those kids and I know it'll be loud in the arena with a bunch of kids," said Letang. "I think it's great, the more we get into the community and the more we do for this community. We saw the support that we got last year and the support that we'll get this year is going to be no different. Anytime we get an opportunity to have a game like this or to get out into the community and go to a practice or do something on an outdoor rink, I think it's just so important for our group."
Progressive Auto Group Owner Dan Whitton said the dealership is thrilled to be a partner for such an exciting event.
"Our kids are our future, so anything we can do to help them be successful in life by believing in themselves through learning and sport we believe will make the world a better place," said Whitton. "As an organization our goal is to have a positive impact on our community so it’s nice to be able to support the Sting who share the same goal."
Season ticket holders won't have access to the "School Day" game.
They'll get a credit for one complimentary regular season game voucher per season ticket owned.
Suite and platinum seat holders will be contacted directly regarding their ticket options for this game.
Meanwhile, the Sting, along with the Progressive Auto Group, have also announced the launch of the Sting Confident Kids program.
It's free and open to those aged four to 14.
There are up to 30 spots available, and membership includes a chance to sing the national anthem, a school visit from the Sting, season tickets, and a raffle for a chance to win a luxury suite experience for the final home game of the season.
As always, you can hear every Sarnia Sting game live on CHOK with Leigh Cunningham and Patrick DesRochers.