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Crosby, Penguins Announce Return Of Little Penguins ‘Learn to Play’ Program

Children Ages 4-7 Can Receive FREE Head-to-Toe Hockey Equipment

Monday, 10.17.2011 / 12:00 PM / News
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Crosby, Penguins Announce Return Of Little Penguins \u2018Learn to Play\u2019 Program
One thousand Pittsburgh area youngsters will receive FREE head-to-toe hockey equipment this winter, thanks to Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins, who today announced the return of the Little Penguins ‘Learn to Play Hockey’ program for its fourth season.
 
The program is designed to introduce the game to boys and girls ages 4-7 – with the unique advantage that each participating child receives free, brand-new, head-to-toe hockey equipment, including skates.
 
Programs will be held at 25 area rinks, including four programs designed for girls only.
 
The growth of the Little Penguins Learn to Play program is such that we are able to register and outfit 1,000 children this year. More than 2,200 youngsters already have participated in the program since its inception in 2008-09.
 
Registration begins on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 10 am exclusively at www.pittsburghpenguins.com/littlepenguins.
 
Through the combined efforts of Crosby, the Penguins, Reebok and Dick’s Sporting Goods, each child in the program will receive Reebok SC87 Crosby-endorsed equipment, including skates, stick, helmet, gloves, pants, pads, an equipment bag and an official “Little Penguins” jersey.
 
“The goal is to continue to create opportunities for more boys and girls in the Pittsburgh area to take up hockey,” Crosby said. “Sometimes, with the expense of skates and other equipment, it’s a challenge for these kids and their parents to get started. This program makes it a little easier for them – they can receive head-to-toe equipment at no charge and learn the game in an organized and fun way.”
 
“The existence of this one-of-a-kind program tells you all you need to know about Sidney Crosby,” said Penguins CEO David Morehouse. “Sidney and his family came to us with this idea about helping parents by providing free head-to-toe hockey equipment to properly equip their children, and the program has grown every year. The Penguins are honored to join Reebok and Dick’s Sporting Goods in supporting Sidney’s efforts.”
 
Following the registration period, the kids will receive their equipment at Dick’s Sporting Goods stores.
 
The on-ice programs will begin in January and February, and each program will offer between 8-10 on-ice sessions. The only cost involved is for ice time.
 
For more information, and to find participating local rinks, please visit www.pittsburghpenguins.com/littlepenguins.
 
To speak to a Penguins representative, please contact Mark Shuttleworth, the team’s director of amateur hockey, at 412.255.1885 or mshuttleworth@pittsburghpenguins.com.
 
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