The Philadelphia Flyers and BELFOR Property Restoration announced today that for each Flyers home game during the 2020-2021 season, the organizations will host a local frontline worker and their immediate family for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime hockey experience at Wells Fargo Center.
With general fan admission on hold because of the COVID pandemic, those honored will have a unique viewing experience. The honored family will get to watch the Flyers play from seats built on a custom platform located safely behind the Flyers bench and adjacent to Gritty's performance stage, giving them unprecedented access to the sights and sounds of NHL hockey. The program will continue throughout the entire season, including when fans are able to attend home games.
"Essential and frontline workers throughout the Philadelphia region are sacrificing so much for our community, so we're thrilled to create a truly unique experience for these local heroes at each Flyers home game this season," said President of Business Operations, Philadelphia Flyers and Wells Fargo Center, Valerie Camillo. "Even though we can't yet welcome fans into the arena, we're excited that we are able to host one frontline family at each home game to see live NHL action like never before."
Along with the launch of the program, the Flyers also announced the first honorees, Amanda and Josh Hatheway of Langhorne, PA, who are set to attend Wednesday night's season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Amanda is a nurse at St. Mary's Medical Center and Josh, who also works for St. Mary's, is an EMT and clinical lead for all of the hospital's emergency room technicians. Amanda provides care for patients through St. Mary's Home Care Services while Josh services those in the trauma unit. The honored couple will be joined by their young sons, Westin and Carson.
"Amanda and Josh Hatheway have dedicated their lives to helping and serving others, and during this pandemic, they've put their own health and safety on the line for their community. People like the Hatheways deserve to be recognized, and we couldn't be more excited to give them this special experience with their young boys," said Camillo.
"Now, more than ever, is a time to give back, recognize and honor hometown heroes who selflessly help others before helping themselves," said CEO of BELFOR Property Restoration, Sheldon Yellen. "For their Integrity, Commitment and Dedication to the community, we at BELFOR are truly humbled and honored to host these heroic families individually until we can all hear the cheers from Flyers fans throughout Wells Fargo Center!"
The Flyers will honor each family as part of the pre-game ceremonies with a stick raise from the team and recognition during the television broadcast. In addition to the most exclusive seat in sports, the Frontline Family will receive a commemorative plaque from their game and a digital copy of their recognition on NBC Sports Philadelphia. The honorees attending each game will be required to abide by all NHL, state, and city health and safety guidelines. This includes the wearing of face masks at all times while inside Wells Fargo Center, as well as strict adherence to social distancing practices.
Honorees for the Flyers Frontline Families powered by BELFOR Property Restoration program are chosen through a nomination process - fans are encouraged to nominate a deserving, local healthcare worker, first responder, law enforcement officer, sanitation worker, grocery store staff, delivery personnel, school teacher or other essential worker here.
The Flyers kick off their 2020-21 season Wednesday, January 13 at 5:30 p.m. against their in-state rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. For the Flyers full season schedule, visit PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.