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Flyers to raise awareness for Celiac Disease

 
1/15/2010

Philadelphia, PA – January 14, 2010 – The Philadelphia Flyers will raise awareness for celiac disease when the team hosts the Columbus Blue Jackets at the Wachovia Center on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m.  The National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) will help the Flyers educate fans about celiac disease through informational booths on the concourse, public service announcements, and facts about celiac disease throughout the game on the center hung score board.   

“The Flyers are committed to raising awareness and education for celiac disease.  Celiac disease is an important issue that affects too many,” said Shawn Tilger, Flyers Senior Vice President of Business Operations.  “We are proud to partner with the NFCA to promote community awareness for celiac disease and know that our fans will support us in this endeavor.”  

Flyers fans can also enjoy gluten-free food at the concession stand located behind section 122 at the Wachovia Center.  This special gluten-free concession stand is available for all Flyers, 76ers, and Wachovia Center events throughout the year and offers a wide variety of gluten-free food and beverages.  

Celiac disease is a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with absorption of nutrients from food. People who have celiac disease cannot tolerate gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, and barley. Gluten is found mainly in foods but may also be found in everyday products such as medicines, vitamins, and lip balms.  As doctors become more aware of the many varied symptoms of the disease and reliable blood tests become more available, diagnosis rates are increasing. 

Tickets to all Flyers home games, including the Flyers vs. Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday, January 19 at 7 p.m. (Toyota orange crush hat giveaway); the Flyers vs. New York Rangers on Thursday, January 21 at 7 p.m.; the Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday, January 23 at 1 p.m.; the Flyers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m.; and the Flyers vs. Atlanta Thrashers on Thursday, January 28 at 7 p.m., are on sale exclusively through ComcastTIX at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com or calling 1-800-298-4200.  For more information on the Flyer's Celiac Awareness Night, including details on discounted tickets visit the Event Page.

NFCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for celiac disease that will facilitate research, education and screening amongst medical professionals, children and adults. Visit www.celiaccentral.org or call 215-325-1306 for further information.  

Comcast-Spectacor is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL), the two arenas in which their teams play, the Wachovia Center and Wachovia Spectrum, four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 70 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; and 3601 Creative Group, a full-service in-house advertising agency. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.  

Contact: Nancy Ginter
National Foundation for Celiac Awareness
215-325-1306, ext. 101
ginter@celiaccentral.org 

Contact: Shauna Adams
Philadelphia Flyers
Ph: (215) 952-5730
sadams@comcast-spectacor.com

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