INITIATIVES & FUNDRAISING
Islanders players, coaches and staff give their spare time to various charitable events and fundraising efforts throughout the course of the season.
Annual Hospital Visits
The annual Islanders Holiday Hospital Visits have become a long-standing tradition for the organization. On this day, all Islanders players visit children who are receiving treatment at various Long Island hospitals. During these visits, the players provide each child with a toy that was personally picked out by members of the team at the annual toy shopping event.
Annual Toy Shopping Event
The annual Toy Shopping Event is becoming a tradition for Islanders players. Each season, members of the team go shopping for presents for all the children they see at the annual holiday hospital visits.
Hockey is for Everyone
The Islanders are proud to support the NHL’s Hockey is for Everyone initiative. The Islanders have a variety of programs that cater to hockey players of all types and abilities. We believe that everyone who wants to participate in the game of hockey should have that ability.
Islanders Fight Cancer
Cancer has impacted the lives of so many around us. With this in mind, and in conjunction with the National Hockey League’s Hockey Fights Cancer Month, the Islanders host Islanders Fight Cancer Month every October.
Each season the Islanders support collecting coats during the Winter months to help the less fortunate stay warm. The Islanders partnered with the INN during the month of January to host a coat drive. More than 500 coats were collected for cause.
Each season the Islanders support collecting food for the hungry by holding a food drive during the month of November. The Islanders have been proud to partner up with Island Harvest as they hosted a food drive the day before Thanksgiving.
Each season the Islanders support collecting toys for the less fortunate by holding toy drives during the holiday season. The Islanders have partnered up with the U.S. Marine Corps’ “Toys for Tots” Campaign along with the Theissen Children’s Foundation to collect toys for the underprivileged and sick children. The Islanders hold their annual drive prior to Christmas holiday.
The Islanders and the rest of the National Hockey League are committed to sustainable business practices and initiatives that engage fans, employees, partners and vendors to be responsible stewards of the planet by reducing, reusing and replenishing natural resources and assets. During select Islanders home games, fans will be encouraged to take part in recycling days.
Rock and Wrap it Up
The New York Islanders continue to aid Long Island’s battle with hunger. Partnering with Rock and Wrap it Up, all unused food following Islanders games is donated to local food banks. The Islanders are the first NHL team to participate in this program and were recognized by the EPA for their efforts in feeding the hungry.
The National Hockey League Officials Association launched “Zebras Care” during the 2007-2008 season. Zebras Care was created to bring joy to children across North America and to grow the great game of hockey. This program provides the opportunity for underprivileged and sick children to meet many NHLOA members and to attend a National Hockey League game in person. During a game children are invited to meet the officials before the game and go on a backstage tour of the arena.
TEAM Responsibility Has Its Rewards
TEAM Coalition and the National Hockey League are supporting the designated-driver programs at participating NHL arenas with a special incentive. Fans who sign up to be a designated driver pledge to not drink alcohol, drive their friends and family home safely and ensure that everyone always buckles up.
At the end of the season, one designated driver representing each participating NHL team will be selected as that team's Designated Driver for the season. Each designated driver for the season will receive a prize pack courtesy of TEAM Coalition and their respective NHL team.
Go Red For Women
Go Red For Women is an initiative that encourages awareness of the issue of heart disease in women. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It gives women the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.
World Autism Awareness Day
World Autism Awareness Day aims to increase people’s awareness of the autism disorder. The Islanders are proud supporters of Autism Speaks “Light it Up Blue” Day which falls the first week of April.