The award-winning Anaheim Ducks S.C.O.R.E. (Scholastic Curriculum Of Recreation & Education) program was developed by the Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club in 2005 with the goal of making a positive impact with youth in local schools and hockey communities throughout Southern California. Based on the team’s goals in the community and through funding from the Anaheim Ducks Foundation, Ducks S.C.O.R.E. has been made free of charge to all its participants. The program uses the sport of hockey to teach educational themes, encourage healthy and active living, reinforce the importance of positive character building, and reward youth for their dedication of pursuing academic excellence. Through its initiatives, Ducks S.C.O.R.E. has contributed to the educational landscape within traditional and non-traditional settings while impacting over 50,000 students annually. It provides educators with viable alternatives to costly programming, especially during times when funding for extra-curricular programs have decreased, or in some cases, cut entirely. As a testament to the program’s success in its community, Ducks S.C.O.R.E. has received local, state, and national awards from educational organizations; it has also inspired local educators, organizations, and museums to include the use of hockey within the walls of their educational settings. Ducks S.C.O.R.E. in its entirety, is a multifaceted program. It is comprised of two major parts, an in-class education initiative and a physical education curriculum featuring street hockey.
The In-Class Education initiative consists of three aspects: school supplies donation, Reading Is the Goal, and First Flight Field Trip. Through the school supplies program, teachers are given sets of school supplies to use as an incentive to motivate students in the classroom or simply to reward students for accomplishing educational goals. Reading Is the Goal assists teachers in communicating the importance of reading while also cultivating the love of reading among students. This program has been documented to raise reading aptitude among students and school test scores. Through the use of a rewards system, students, classrooms and schools will have a chance to win great prizes provided by the Anaheim Ducks. Lastly, the First Flight Field Trip is a one-day educational activity that combines the excitement of NHL hockey with challenging educational concepts through an interactive Ducks practice and skills competition at Honda Center. Students will be able to apply their classroom knowledge, such as math and science, to the exciting game of hockey.
The Ducks S.C.O.R.E. physical education program was designed to teach students the fundamentals of hockey, the importance of healthy living, and positive character traits. The Street Hockey Program provides everything a physical education teacher needs to implement a quality street hockey program. These items include a full set of street hockey equipment, fourth grade student handbooks, a specialized 10-day curriculum, instructor’s manuals, and hockey skill set training for physical education instructors. The I3 Training Camp program is a field trip that takes fifth grade students to a local roller hockey rink for three sessions to learn positive character values through the sport of hockey. Each student is dressed in full hockey equipment to learn basic skating and hockey skills with confidence. Lastly, the Captain’s Challenge is a health and fitness program that prepares fifth grade students for their Physical Fitness Test. Drawing upon the traits of the hockey captaincy and from the Anaheim Ducks captains of past and present, students will become empowered to lead themselves and others to better health and fitness.