Submitted by john murphy on Fri, Sep 24, 2010

The NHL'S Hockey is for Everyone initiative is proud to announce an official partnership with the President's Council on Physical Fitness, Sports and Nutrition and the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA).

As many of our communities struggle to deal with issues related to childhood obesity and nutrition, Hockey is for Everyone programs centers (YOU!) provide a positive and meaningful outlet for children and young teens to learn, compete, grow--and stay fit! President Obama recognizes the value we deliver through hockey and is challenging all Hockey is for Everyone participants to sign up for and achieve the PALA Award by September 2011.  

The rules are simple. All HIFE participants (18 and under) need to be active 60 minutes a day, at least 5 days a week, for 6 out of 8 weeks.  After each hockey practice your participants should log-on to the NHL's PALA group page and record their progress towards this goal. This is a great activity to incorporate into your off-ice programming or academic assistance training--focusing on the message of physical fitness and health.  

While participation is not mandatory, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of this great tool to help improve your participant's health and well-being, and be part of this exciting nationwide initiative.

How to Join:

1) Go to

2) Each youth participant in your HIFE program will need to fill out the on-line registration form.

3) Once participants are registered as individuals, they should join the "National Hockey League" Group  

Group Name: National Hockey League        
Group ID Number: 95073

4) After registering, participants should start logging their activities. As they log activities they'll be able to track their progress toward winning a President's Challenge Award or Medal.  If your participants do not have access to the internet, they can fill out the attached form and submit to you for processing assistance.

Let's all work together on this great initiative and prove that hockey stands above the rest!  

Please let me know if you intent to participate in this program by October 1.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks!

Rob Wooley, National Hockey League

  Click on link to view/print PALA Presidential Champions Challenge

 Click on link to view/print PALA Log

Date of Publication: 
Fri, Sep 24, 2010