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(PHILADELPHIA, PA – January 24, 2012) On Wednesday, January 25 NHL alumnus Willie O’Ree, in coordination with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation, will spend the day educating the youth of Camden County on the game of hockey through positive life ethics.

O’Ree is currently the National Hockey League’s Director of Youth Development and hockey ambassador for the Hockey is for Everyone initiative. To date he has helped launch more than thirty local grassroots hockey programs around North America with the purpose of educating disadvantaged youth in the values of hockey and life.

More than 45,000 children have participated in O’Ree’s programs.

O’Ree’s day in Camden County will begin at 11:00am with a presentation at HH Davis Elementary School in Camden, NJ where he will speak to two hundred students regarding the importance of essential life skills, education, and the core values of hockey, which are: commitment, perseverance, and teamwork.

In the afternoon, O’Ree will host a Snider Hockey clinic at the Flyers Skate Zone in Pennsauken, NJ at 4:30pm where he will teach young athletes hockey techniques in conjunction with life lessons.

After becoming the first player to break the NHL's color barrier in 1958, O'Ree's courage and perseverance paved the way for current NHL stars such as Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds.

O’Ree is in town in support of the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic which will take place at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City at the end of the week.

The mission of the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation is to use the sport of hockey to help educate young people to succeed in the game of life. The program incorporates on-ice and off-ice activities, stressing citizenship, academics, and life skills. ESYHF services are targeted to boys and girls who otherwise would not have the opportunity to learn to skate or to play ice hockey. The Foundation provides equipment, ice time, and experienced coaching at no cost.

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