Giving back to the community is a cornerstone of the Islanders family at every level. Players participate in a variety of different charitable events throughout the year. Below are programs different players have implemented.
Bailey's Buddies Program
The 2015-16 season marked the sixth-straight season Islanders forward Josh Bailey has hosted his Bailey's Buddies program. At each home game, Bailey invited a child recovering from illness or an underprivileged child for a once-in-a-lifetime, VIP experience. During the game, "Bailey's Buddy" watches the game in a seat close to where the Islanders take the ice, high-fives the players, receives an Islanders gift bag with a Bailey player t-shirt and meets the Islanders forward after the game. Bailey gives a jersey, signs autographs, takes pictures and often tours the locker room with each guest.
Tavares' Teammates Program
The 2015-16 season marked the fifth-straight season Islanders Captain John Tavares hosted his Teammates Program. At each home game, Tavares hosts a child recovering from illness or an underprivileged child for a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience. During the game, the special guest sits right behind the player bench, high-fives the players as they walk onto the ice, receives an Islanders gift and meets the Islanders Captain after the game. Tavares signs autographs and takes pictures with each special guest.
Hamonic D-Partner of the Game
The 2015-16 season marked the fourth-straight season for the "Hamonic D-Partner Program". At each home game, Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic hosts a child that has lost one, or both parents. During the game, Hamonic's D-Partner sits in special rink-side seats, high-fives the players as they walk onto the ice, receives an Islanders gift and meets Hamonic after the game. Travis signs autographs, takes pictures and tours the locker room with each special participant. During the post game visit with Hamonic, the child and family in attendance share stories about their loved ones who have passed.
Hickey's Special Hockey Program
Throughout the 2015-16 season Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey worked with special hockey organizations of Long Island. At select home games during the season, Hickey invites a member of the Long Island Blues hockey team to Barclays Center to enjoy a home game. Each special guest meets with Hickey following the game and takes a tour of the locker room.
Wounded Warrior Program
The Islanders are proud to recognize local military personnel who actively serve or have served our great nation, the United States of America. These heroes protect America and represent all Long Islanders. At each home game during the season, the Islanders honor and host Wounded Warriors. The veteran is recognized during an in-game ceremony and the entire coaching staff takes the time to meet with the guest following games.