SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Thunderbirds had a Wednesday morning game at the MassMutual Center and many students got the chance to come out and watch the team play.

More than 6,000 students attended Wednesday morning’s showdown against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. At the “School Day Game,” students were able to get a unique educational experience. They were given a Thunderbirds workbook to complete with activities and lessons ranging in subjects from math to science and geography.

Nathan Costa, President of the Thunderbirds, told 22News that it’s important that students get an opportunity to go to events like this, “A lot of these kids don’t get a chance to come out and take in a game, let alone an event in the arena. So it was a way for us to show game but also make it educational. It’s something we’ve done year after year and it’s built to where we have a full house, where these schools are embracing it.”

The day will began with a career symposium, where local leaders in the sports and entertainment industry spoke to older students about their paths to their current roles. As part of the Thunderbirds game promotion, because the Thunderbirds won, students will get a chance to come back to see the team play for free at the Mayflower Marathon Night on November 22nd.

The T-Birds next time on home ice will be Friday, November 17 against the Utica Comets for another MGM Springfield Deuces Wild Friday. 

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