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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. This season we visited the following hospitals: Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center, Good Samaritan Hospital, Henry Viscardi School: The National Center for Disabilities, Nassau University Hospital, St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook University Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, and Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop.

Click here to view photos from last year's events

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. For the past two seasons the toy shopping event has been sponsored by Emblem Health.

Click here to view photos from last year's event

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.

Hockey For Huggies

This diaper drive initiative was started to help the many mothers who struggle to diaper their babies in the United States and Canada. Throughout the season diaper drives take place throughout the league to help this great cause. More than $13,000 was raised and over 2,500 diapers were collected to support this great cause last season. Islanders players contributed more than $4,000 to the cause.

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.

Zebras Care

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.

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.

Goal Green

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.

Teammates for Kids

In November 2005, the National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players Association jointly selected the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation as the official childrens charity of the NHL and NHLPA. This league-wide alliance includes players from all 30 teams. The partnership focuses on the Top Shelf Teammates program which contributes financial resources to non-profit organizations that benefit childrens health, education, and inner-city services. Since its inception, more than $1.5 million has been donated by NHL players.

Let’s Move!

Let’s Move! is about putting children on the path to a healthy future during their earliest months and years. The program gives parents helpful information and fosters environments that support healthy choices and provides healthier foods in our schools, ensuring that every family has access to healthy, affordable food. Let's Move is also helping children become more physically active. The NHL and all of its teams have adopted the Let’s Move initiative to keep the children in their hometowns more active.

Food Drives

Each season the Islanders support collecting food for the hungry across Long Island by holding food drives throughout the season. The Islanders were proud to partner with Island Harvest for two food drives before and after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Toy Drives

Each season the Islanders support collecting toys for the less fortunate by holding toy drives during the holiday season. The Islanders partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps' Toys for Tots Campaign and collected toys for underprivileged and sick children. The Islanders held their annual toy drive in December prior to the Christmas holiday.

Coat Drives

Each season the Islanders support collecting coats during the Winter months to help the less fortunate stay warm. The Islanders partnered with Burlington Coat Factory’s “One Warm Coat” campaign holding coat drives throughout the month of January. More than 500 coats were collected for the less fortunate last season.

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.


 

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