Have the RiverKings come to your school or summer camp!
Would you like the RiverKings mascot, players or staff to appear in your classroom or at your summer camp? The RiverKings offer a number of different educational and physical programs in an effort to give back to the Mid-South community through the sport of hockey.
The Mississippi RiverKings are committed to positively influencing the community beyond just hockey games. RiverKings’ mascots Sheldon and RiverThing love to attend events and can even attend your birthday party!
The Mississippi RiverKings players and staff are happy to step off the ice and into the classroom, camp or any other event in an effort to make a positive impact on as many people as possible in the Mid-South. Player appearances are available from late October through March, but our staff is happy to accommodate camps during the summer.
The RiverKings offer several programs that fit perfectly in schools or summer camps, but we're always open to ideas for appearances that go beyond what we have listed here.
The RiverKings Readers program, presented by Belhaven University, promotes education and reading habits among children in area schools and will run from October 1 to March 1. Each participating student will receive a RiverKings Readers bookmark and each classroom/school that signs up will receive a RiverKings hockey player cutout, used to track reading results.
Each month students will receive a log to keep track of the minutes they read. Teachers can track the hours read by their students by using the RiverKings hockey player cutout. Classrooms/schools reaching a monthly goal of 50 hours read will be entered into a drawing for a RiverKings player visit and the winning classroom will be recognized at a RiverKings home game.
Classrooms and schools can set appropriate goals for the year and then use the player cutout to track their students' progress to those goals. The player's stick is designed to be colored in as goals are achieved. Schools that reach their goals at the end of the program will be entered for a chance to win a RiverKings party and all schools who reach their goals will receive in-game recognition.
RiverKings players Andrew Randazzo (left) and Devin Mantha (right) visit Bethel Grove Elementary on Jan. 20 as a reward for the RiverKings Readers program.
Sticks are for kids
RiverKings players will come to your gym class or camp to demonstrate the basics of hockey. Students or campers will learn some basic rules, the importance of teamwork and how to shoot and pass the puck. After the lesson, students will be given the opportunity to scrimmage with the pros! The RiverKings will supply all the equipment, including goals, sticks and goalie equipment.
Players will also talk about the importance of being active, exercising and eating healthy. The RiverKings mascot, Sheldon, may be available as well to help during the scrimmage, but only by request.
RiverKings player Paul Ciarelli takes part in a scrimmage during "Sticks are for Kids" at Germantown Elementary on Feb. 10.
Checking against Bullying
Students will be exposed to the many types of bullying as RiverKings players speak with students to encourage bullying awareness and prevention while stressing the importance of teamwork and respect. Players will explain the importance of ending bullying in the classroom. At the end of the program, students will be encouraged to sign an anti-bullying pledge. Students agreeing to the pledge will be eligible for a free ticket to an upcoming RiverKings game this season.
RiverKings players Joey Holka (left) and Justin Gvora (right) hold a discussion with students from Double Tree Elementary on Feb. 3 during a "Checking Against Bullying" presentation.
RiverKings players or staff will come to your classroom to read from a selection of hockey related books or a book of your choice. This can be done either in conjunction with the RiverKings Readers program or separately as a stand alone program.
RiverKings broadcaster Lukas Favale reads to students at DeSoto Central Elementary on Nov. 7 for the RiverKings Read program.
Behind the Mask
RiverKings players will come to your locker room or classroom to tell their story about how they made it into professional hockey through hard work and commitment. Students and athletes will have the chance to ask questions, get their pictures taken and get autographs from the players.
Making a Request
All requests must be in the North Mississippi, Memphis, Shelby County, and the Mid-South area.
Please make your requests at least three weeks prior to your event date to ensure we can meet your timing.
Requests must be submitted in writing by mail, email, or fax.
Phone requests will not be accepted.
Mascot request letters should include:
- Organization/Individual name, full address, contact number, and email address
- Type of Event
- Beneficiary of the Event
- Day, Time, & Location of Event
- Contact Person's Information
Requests may be faxed to (662) 342-1156, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to:
4560 Venture Drive
Southaven, MS 38671
Processing Your Request
We will attempt to respond to all requests in a timely manner. Due to the large volume of requests, we may not be able to fulfill every request. After receiving your request, you will receive a mascot request form by email. Please fill this out and return it. You will then be contacted and the event will be confirmed.