On Sunday, Sept. 26, the Carolina Hurricanes/RBC Center organization participated in the START! Triangle Heart Walk to take a stand against heart disease. Over the past couple of months, our organization has been working as a team to reach out to friends, family, staff and fans to fundraise. As of today, our team has been able to raise $7,980 for the American Heart Association.
On Sunday, four of our Carolina Hurricanes players took time to come out and participate in the Heart Walk. Brandon Sutter, Brett Carson, Jamie McBain and Justin Peters came after practice to complete the one-mile walk around the RBC Center. They were all smiles as they greeted fans, walked with participants and added some humor to the walk. Some of the highlights of the players participating were McBain speaking about his heart murmur and his connection to the Heart Walk and the excitement from fans and participants to see the players.
The rain held off until the end, making it a great day to walk around the RBC Center to support the American Heart Association. Thank you to the Carolina Hurricanes/RBC Center staff, Carson, Sutter, McBain, Peters and everyone in the community that joined our 2010 START! Triangle Heart Walk team. We look forward to another great walk in 2011!
Last Wednesday, Pick Up a Book and Read was officially launched in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School (CMS) System. I drove down to Charlotte with Stormy and Manager of Community Development (and also creator of the literacy program), Doris Barksdale, for a media event at Hidden Valley Elementary School.
A panel consisted of the principal of Hidden Valley Elementary School, Doris, Tera Black of the Checkers, and Dr. Ann Clark of CMS. Panelists had the opportunity to discuss their perspective of the partnership and reading program. Stormy and Chubby were also on hand to provide some smiles and excitement.
We are excited to partner with the Charlotte Checkers, who already had a great working relationship with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school system in place. Ten elementary school children took time to read to Stormy and Chubby at the media announcement as well. To recognize their participation, Stormy and Chubby passed out goody bags to each participating student, posed for pictures, and signed some autographs. Shortly after the program announcement wrapped up, Stormy and Chubby surprised the kindergarteners who were in the lunch room. The mascots visited the kitchen, sat with students at the tables and even picked out some dessert from the freezer!
All in all, it was an extremely productive trip to the Queen city. I’ve checked our registration, and some CMS classrooms have already registered for the program.