The Nashville Predators have a long history of giving back to the community through the fundraising efforts of the Predators Foundation.
The Predators Foundation is a big part of the fabric that makes a pro sports team a valuable asset to their community. The foundation has many events throughout the year that raises money that is in turn given back to the community in many different ways. Last season, over 100 local charities benefited from over $300,000 in funds given out at the end of the season.
Today, for those who may have missed the Pred's preseason camp at Centennial Sportsplex, another opportunity exists for folks to get an up close view of the Preds as they take their practice on the road to A Game Sports (formally Southern Ice) in Franklin.
As part of the festivities the Preds will officially announce a new partnership with A Game Sports and will be presenting $150,000 to them to encourage youth hockey in the community.
When new CEO, Jeff Cogen first came to town, he discussed how important the development of youth hockey programs was to the long term success of the franchise. As kids play and grow into adults they become the season ticket holders of the future.
Therefore, the partnership developed today will benefit both entities in the short term as well as in the future.
Here are more details and the schedule of events from the Predators.
The Nashville Predators invite you to experience A-Game Sportsplex, a youth hockey facility in Cool Springs that fosters interest in hockey among all ages. Tomorrow, October 26 Nashville Predators leadership will present A-Game with a check for $150,000 as a way to encourage and promote youth hockey initiatives. We welcome you to stay and watch the Nashville Predators open practice after the check presentation. Make sure to hang around after practice for the Kids Community Corner with games, player autographs and prizes for all kids in attendance.
WHO: Jeff Cogen, Nashville Predators CEO, TriggWilkes, A-Game Sportsplex, Barry Trotz, Nashville Predators Head Coach, GNASH and the Nashville Predator Dancers
WHEN: October 26, 2010 from 3:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
3:15 p.m. - GNASH and Dancers arrive to greet fans, take pictures and hand out swag.
3:30 p.m. - Check Presentation
4 -5 p.m. - Predators Open Practice
5:10-7:15 - Player clinics with A-Game Mite and Squirt House Teams featuring Francis Bouillon, Nick Spaling, Alexander Sulzer and Colin Wilson.
5:30-6:30 p.m. - Kids Community Corner in the Courts - activities include player autographs with Cody Franson, Patric Hornqvist and Shane O'Brien, appearances by GNASH and the Ladies of Smashville, youth games and more.
WHERE: A-Game Sportsplex, 215 Gothic Court, Franklin, TN 37067
Jim Diamond has more details and Forechecker adds a timely video to his post.
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