06/03/2008 9:21 AM -
Former Hogs Cam Barker abd Dustin Byfuglien to hand out "diplomas" to skating students
Who: Cam Barker, Rene Bourque and Dustin Byfuglien
Johnny’s Ice House
20 selected students from the Chicago Jesuit Academy (CJA)
What: “Graduation” ceremony for the CJA students who have learned ice skating and hockey
When: Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Where: Johnny’s Ice House
On Wednesday, June 4, from 1-2pm the Chicago Blackhawks and Johnny's Ice House will host a "graduation" party for 20 students from the Chicago Jesuit Academy (CJA) who have learned skating and hockey at the rink the past two spring semesters.
"A few years ago, Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz learned about our school through our board chairman, Matt Botica. Since that time, the Blackhawks Foundation has sponsored four of our students' scholarships. Very simply, the generosity of the Blackhawks is making it possible for our students to earn admission to high schools and colleges that would otherwise be almost impossible for them to attend. We cannot thank them enough," said Lynch.
"This facility is much more than a rink. It is also a tool for us to give back to the community," said Johnny's IceHouse owner Tom Moro. "Getting the chance to introduce kids to ice skating and hockey that might never get the chance is very rewarding to us. It is great to see what Matt Lynch and his faculty are doing with these students. They are respectful and attentive to our staff and to coaches Ken Rzepecki and Kevin Rosenquist. Each student has improved tremendously. It is a real pleasure for us to provide this opportunity to Chicago Jesuit Academy.”
Current Chicago Blackhawks Cam Barker, Rene Bourque and Dustin Byfuglien will provide on ice instruction and hand out "diplomas" to each student during the events at Johnny’s Ice House. Media are encouraged to arrive at the Ice House for all activities, beginning at 1 p.m.