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Bertuzzi To Visit Elementary School

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DETROIT, MI - FEBRUARY 25:  Todd Bertuzzi #44 of the Detroit Red Wings lifts the stick of Shane O'Brien #5 of the Colorado Avalanche to prevent a shot during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on February 25, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

DETROIT, MI – FEBRUARY 25: Todd Bertuzzi #44 of the Detroit Red Wings lifts the stick of Shane O’Brien #5 of the Colorado Avalanche to prevent a shot during their NHL game at Joe Louis Arena on February 25, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

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DETROIT – Detroit Red Wings forward Todd Bertuzzi will visit Greenfield Elementary School in Beverly Hills on Thursday, March 1, 2012, as part of the Red Wings School Assembly Program sponsored by the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

At the start of the 2011-12 season, the Red Wings School Assembly team made a pledge to introduce the sport of hockey to 100 elementary schools by seasons end. Bertuzzi’s appearance at Greenfield Elementary earmarks the 92nd visit of the season. The remaining eight visits will take place at local elementary schools throughout the month of March.

The Red Wings School Assembly Program was launched in 2010 as a vehicle to introduce kids to the sport of hockey and encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. During each visit, the school assembly team opens the program with a lesson on exercise and healthy eating tips, followed by a fun face-off between teachers and students during a hockey shootout competition. Each school participating in the program receives two full sets of floor hockey equipment complete with hockey sticks and goalie nets courtesy of the Detroit Red Wings Foundation. A Red Wings folder and a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan keepsake magnet that lists five fun after-school activities are also distributed to the students.

The Detroit Red Wings Foundation is an affiliate of Ilitch Charities, a 501 (c)(3) organization. The Foundation invests in the future of our community by providing funds and resources to worthy causes that contribute to the growth of the sport of hockey.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan supports community efforts across the state that improve lives and promote healthy lifestyles. The Blues invest in local communities by supporting organizations that share its commitment in leading Michigan to a healthier future.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, a nonprofit organization, provides and administers health benefits to nearly 4.5 million members residing in Michigan in addition to members of Michigan-headquartered groups who reside outside the state. BCBSM also offers dental, vision and hearing plans. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network are nonprofit corporations and independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more company information, visit bcbsm.com.

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