VEGAS (February 1, 2018) - Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz announced today, February 1, a series of programs and events throughout the month of February in celebration of Hockey Is For Everyone Month.
Hockey Is For Everyone Month is a league-wide initiative to foster a safe and inclusive environment in the game of hockey regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation or socio-economic status.
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare will serve as the Golden Knights player ambassador throughout the month.
In support of Hockey Is For Everyone Month, the Golden Knights will host Hailey Dawson for a ceremonial puck drop at the Golden Knights vs. Philadelphia Flyers game at 5 p.m. PT on February 11. Dawson has a 3-D printed robotic hand that enables her to grab, throw and grasp, and she previously has thrown out multiple pitches at Major League Baseball games. Dawson had a special Vegas Golden Knights hand created by the UNLV School of Engineering to drop the puck.
On February 15, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, or "The Center," will attend the Golden Knights vs. Edmonton Oilers game at 7 p.m. PT, and a special PSA from Bellemare will be played in-arena. Pride t-shirts will be available for sale, and proceeds from the Vegas Golden Knights 51/49 raffle that night will benefit The Center.
Clients of Opportunity Village, who work with men and women of all levels of disabilities, will attend the Golden Knights vs. Calgary Flames game at 7:30 p.m. PT on February 21 and stand alongside the players on the bench for the national anthem. In addition, clients will attend the Golden Knights practice on February 16 and have the opportunity to skate on the ice afterward.
Players will also be able to use rainbow tape on their sticks for warm-ups February 21 to later be auctioned off, with all proceeds benefiting the You Can Play Project in support of LGBTQ athletes.
ABOUT THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS:
The Vegas Golden Knights are a National Hockey League franchise owned and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC. The Vegas Golden Knights were established by founding partners William Foley and his family and the Maloof family. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights visit vegasgoldenknights.com. Fans can follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.
ABOUT OPPORTUNITY VILLAGE:
Mission: Opportunity Village is a not-for-profit organization that serves people within our community with significant intellectual disabilities, to improve their lives and the lives of their families. Seven families who were determined to give their children with disabilities the best lives possible founded Opportunity Village in 1954. Now, more than 60 years later, Opportunity Village is one of the most recognized and respected organizations of its type in the United States. Nevada's largest employer of people with disabilities, Opportunity Village serves more than 2,000 individuals annually, providing vocational training, employment, habilitation and social recreation programs and services that make their lives more purposeful and interesting. Opportunity Village citizens - individuals who were previously considered unemployable - work at Opportunity Village's Employment Resource Centers and in jobs throughout the community, collectively earning wages amounting to more than $3.7 million in 2016. They are hard working and diligent, proudly paying taxes and happily leading more fulfilling lives. Primarily a self-funded organization, Opportunity Village generates the majority of its operational funding through its employment contracts and fundraising efforts such as the Magical Forest and Great Santa Run, saving Nevada taxpayers more than $37 million annually.
ABOUT GAY AND LESBIAN COMMUNITY CENTER OF SOUTHERN NEVADA:
Celebrating its 25th year anniversary, the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, a community-based organization, supports and promotes activities directed at furthering the well-being, positive image, and human rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer community, its allies, and low to moderate income residents in Southern Nevada.