SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - The Mississippi RiverKings have been honored as the 2016 Community Foundaton of Northwest Mississippi's Business of the Year. The award recognizes the efforts of the organization's promotion and emphasis on education and health for the youth in the surrounding counties.
"We are incredibly honored to be recognized as the Business of the Year by the Community Foundation of the Northwest Mississippi," RiverKings General Manager David Schmoll said. "We strive to be champions both on and off of the ice and pride ourselves on the work we do in the community. We're looking forward to continuing our charitable work and making an impact in our area for years to come."
The RiverKings are not only a for-profit hockey team playing in DeSoto County; they have an impressive list of community service activities and assistance to area non-profits. The RiverKings ReachOut Fund at the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi is the non-profit arm which provides grants to local school and non-profits. Over the past ten years, they have provided $543,112 in grants. The Non-Profit Partner Program gives organization opportunities to sell RiverKings tickets and keep a portion of the proceeds.
Players make community appearances throughout the region, including participation in Sticks are for Kids presented by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. This physical education program allows RiverKings players to visit local schools and camps to teach kids hockey. The semiannual Face Off Field Trips allow classrooms to attend a hockey game where education is the theme. In addition, the team sponsors the Jr. StreetKings Roller Hockey program, sends their mascot on public appearances, teaches hockey as a career Behind the Mask, and offers educational sessions on Checking Against Bullying.
Team mascot RiverThing supports the youth community at the Down Syndrome Association Walk - © Mississippi RiverKings
The Mississippi RiverKings return home to the Landers Center on January 21 versus the Evansville Thunderbolts at 7:30 p.m for Elvis Night. For details and ticket information, visit RiverKings.com or call 662.342.1755.
About the Mississippi RiverKings
The RiverKings are supported by our community partners, season ticket holders, fans, and grants from Maddox Foundation, an independent private foundation based in Hernando, Miss. To find out more about the RiverKings, call 662.342.1755 or visit RiverKings.com.