By Josh Evans, OKC Barons on 10/18/2012

While playing a rough-and-tumble sport on the ice, the Oklahoma City Barons continue to show their benevolence and character in servicing the communities in and around the metro area.

An underlying theme to their productivity within the community is a focus on health and wellness. Many of the programs that are in place focus on that subject. For the youth, the Barons operate a Floor Hockey Caravan. The mobile unit not only exposes school-aged children to the sport of hockey, but allows the players and staff to extol the virtues of eating well and making healthy choices in life.

An extension of the wellness theme is the Barons partnership with Integris Men’s Health University. Last November, the Barons players, coaches and staff participated in growing mustaches in November. The Movember movement as it is known started in 2003 in Australia. The main goal of Movember is to raise awareness and funds for issues related to men’s health. The Barons players raised nearly $3,000 for the Movember Movement simply by adding facial hair to their upper lip for a month. Expect a similar look from the Barons this Movember.

Not to be left out is awareness of breast cancer. For the Barons 2011-12 Season Opener, the team partnered with Mercy Health Center to raise awareness for breast cancer and its impact on individuals. For the team’s first game, the Barons guaranteed a “Pink Out” at the Cox Convention Center. Each person in attendance received a pink t-shirt with the Barons logo. The players also were involved and wore pink ribbons on their helmets for the game.
The season opener for the 2012-13 season promises to be just as special. Teaming again with Mercy Health Center, the Barons are expanding their focus on the night from a specific form of the disease to a broad view. In addition to discussing the benefits of early detection and ways to prevent the disease, the Barons and Mercy will also focus on survivors of all forms of cancers. The night will again feature t-shirts for everyone. Purple is the universally accepted color of cancer survivors and along with Mercy Health Center, the Barons are going to celebrate that with a FREE t-shirt for all in attendance.
The fun doesn’t stop there though. The Barons are changing the game in Oklahoma City and offering a unique promotion. Each Saturday night home game, plus the home opener on Friday, October 19, the Barons are giving away a car. Not a junker car. Not a toy car. A real, drive it off the ice that night car. With a total of 11 games on Saturday nights plus the home opener on October 19, the Barons are giving away 12 cars during the 2012-13 season.

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to get a FREE t-shirt that honors cancer survivors as well as drive away in a new car at the Barons home opener October 19. Faceoff against the San Antonio Rampage at the Cox Convention Center is 7 p.m. A variety of ticket packages are available to meet every individual or group need. Packages ranging from 7-game and 11-game packs to Full Season Seats are available. Call the Barons’ front office at 405-232-4625 for information on groups, Season Seats and other ticket packages.

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