posted on July 16, 2010 11:40
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 16, 2010
CONTACT: Jennifer Haselhuhn
Ilitch Charities Awards $20,000 in Scholarships to Local Youth Hockey Players
DETROIT – Ilitch Charities, the charitable arm of the Ilitch companies, today awarded $20,000 in scholarships to eight student athletes from the Little Caesars AAA Hockey program and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL). The students were honored at a ceremony at Hockeytown Café in Detroit emceed by Ken Daniels, play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Red Wings on Fox Sports Detroit television. Ilitch Charities Chairman Christopher Ilitch presented the scholarships to the following honorees:
- Dylan Bingle of St. Clair Shores, Mich.
- Nicholas Erbskorn of Morenci, Mich.
- Rachel Hardwick of Algonac, Mich.
- Thomas Heiss of South Lyon, Mich.
- Kelly Jaminski of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisc.
- Andrew Saunders of Macomb, Mich.
- Cody Szostek of Romulus, Mich.
- Ryan Toombs of Fowlerville, Mich.
“Little Caesars youth hockey players represent some of the best young hockey talent in the country,” said Christopher Ilitch, who is also president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings Inc. “These young people are not only talented athletes, but outstanding students and overall great people. Through sponsorship of our youth hockey programs we have had the opportunity to help these athletes achieve great things in the sport of hockey. Now through Ilitch Charities, we are happy to invest in their educational goals as well. At Ilitch Charities we really do put our heart into helping. And, it is a treat to be a part of their success on the ice and off.”
For the past eight years, Ilitch Charities has honored outstanding Little Caesars hockey players with a scholarship toward the college or university of their choice. To qualify, students must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average, be a current member of a Little Caesars AAA or LCAHL team and have plans to attend a college or university within the next two years.
The Little Caesars AAA Hockey program and the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League are two of the country’s most respected youth hockey programs. Nearly 15,000 male and female athletes across the Midwest participate in the leagues. Thousands of players have moved on to play collegiate hockey and more than 100 have played in the National Hockey League (NHL). Michael and Marian Ilitch began supporting youth hockey in the 1960s, shortly after they founded Little Caesars Pizza.
About Ilitch Charities
Ilitch Charities is a non-profit organization that invests in our community’s future by supporting innovative, collaborative and measurable programs in the areas of community development, human services, education and recreation through contributions from the Ilitch companies, their colleagues and the generosity of others. For more information, visit IlitchCharities.org.
Ilitch Charities is affiliated with the companies owned by Michael and/or Marian Ilitch, long-time Detroit entrepreneurs. Ilitch companies include: Ilitch Holdings Inc., Little Caesars Pizza, Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, the Detroit Red Wings, Olympia Entertainment, Little Caesars Pizza Kits Fundraising Program, Olympia Development and Uptown Entertainment. Additionally, Michael Ilitch owns the Detroit Tigers Inc. and Marian Ilitch owns MotorCity Casino Hotel.
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