The Checkers are active in local schools via the programs below and various other appearances.


The PowerPLAY program presented by Novant Health helps encourage our youth live a healthy lifestyle. In includes an interactive nutrition video, portion control lesson and floor hockey lesson.

Throughout the program, teachers will encourage their students to fill out the PowerPLAY scorecard that reviews the My Plate and portion control lessons students learned during the presentation. Each student who successfully completes the program will receive a free ticket to a Charlotte Checkers game.

“I think it’s great for our school to have an opportunity to partner with the Charlotte Checkers to promote nutrition and exercise in our schools,” said Keith Kramer, a P.E. teacher at Weddington Elementary who worked with the Checkers in the first year of the program. “Having members of the front office and players at our school to promote healthy eating and exercise was exciting for our kids and staff. We look forward to seeing both short term and long term results from this PowerPLAY program.”

Science of Hockey

The Science of Hockey program presented by Piedmont Natural Gas creates an enjoyable learning experience while explaining the elements of science that exist in hockey to fourth and fifth grade math and science students.

The Checkers visit several schools throughout the season and incorporate the elements of science in hockey, such as changing states of water, transfers of energy, forces and more into a presentation. The presentation includes a video demonstrating the science behind skating, shooting, passing, goaltending and ice-resurfacing, among other topics, and a thorough explanation and demonstration by Checkers staff.

After the video, the students conduct an experiment on force and friction, where they will apply their knowledge of science and math to make predictions, conclusions and solve for averages. Following the presentation, the students and staff take part in a question and answer session.

Teachers receive a full packet of the information covered in the presentation, a copy of the video shown, and extended learning material that they can choose to hand out to the students for an extra in-class assignment or as homework.