Over the course of the year, the Islanders players, coaches and staff are out in the community working hard to help people in many different ways. From visiting sick children in hospitals to helping fight cancer, the Islanders work to help everyone.
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.
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.
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.
ISLANDERS FIGHT CANCER
The New York Islanders support research and cancer care for those who have struggled or continue to struggle with the disease. In conjunction with the National Hockey League's Hockey Fights Cancer initiatives, the Islanders host Islanders Fight Cancer Month every October. Over the four weeks, the NYI organization holds a variety of awareness nights and fundraisers during home games to benefit numerous groups. Special activities throughout the month include hospital visits, hosting numerous cancer patients to home games and making donations to the cause.
Each season the Islanders hold a specific game in November to honor military personnel who defend our country. The military appreciation night on November 8 included the USO Show Troupe singing the National Anthem and the "Defending the Blue Line" military charity group raising visibility around the concourse, as various military members and veterans in attendance received recognition on the scoreboard. In addition, the Islanders players personally donated $30,000 to provide tickets to more than 300 retired and active service military members and their families. The Islanders matched the players' gift, making a total donation $60,000.
Each season the Islanders support collecting coats during the winter months to help the less fortunate stay warm. The Islanders partnered with the "One Warm Coat" during the month of January to host a coat drive. More than 300 coats were collected for the cause.
Each season the Islanders support collecting food for the hungry by holding a food drive during the month of November. The Islanders have been proud to partner up with Rock and Wrap it Up and Island Harvest as they hosted a food drive the day before Thanksgiving.
Each season the Islanders support collecting toys for the less fortunate by holding toy drives during the holiday season. The season the Islanders partnered up with the U.S. Marine Corps' "Toys for Tots" Campaign to collect toys for the underprivileged and sick children. The Islanders hold their annual drive prior to Christmas holiday.
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.
The Islanders raised awareness for autism during the March 31st home game by participating in the Autism Speaks "Light it Up Blue" Campaign. In early April, World Autism Day aims to increase people's understanding of the disorder. Millions of individuals and families are affected by autism, the complex disorder of brain development marked by difficulties in social interaction, communication and repetitive behaviors. Throughout the course of the game money was raised for Autism Speaks through the 50-50 raffle. Special PSA's were also shown throughout the course of the game to educate fans on autism and how they can help.
ALZHEIMER'S AWARENESS AND RESEARCH
The Islanders worked with the Alzheimer's Association along with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America during the 2015-16 season in honor of Islanders legendary coach Al Arbour who passed away from the disease. Included throughout the course of the season were memorial patches available for purchase, raffle profits, celebrity appearances and educational material. Alzheimer's disease is a progressive disorder that attacks nerve cells in the brain and results in memory loss, degenerative language skills and behavioral changes.
YOU CAN PLAY
The Islanders partnered with You Can Play, the initiative that promotes respect for all athletes regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. In February, the Islanders hosted a You Can Play Night with the chance for fans to donate $5 of the ticket price to YCP. The NHL director of player safety and YCP president, Patrick Burke, appeared on the Isles broadcast to talk about the group's mission. Fans looking for more information were able to visit the You Can Play table that was set up on the main concourse at the February 2nd game. Hockey is the game we love, and we believe that everyone should have the chance to experience the sport.
GO RED FOR WOMEN
Go Red For Women is an initiative that encourages awareness of the issue of heart disease in women. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease. It gives women the tools they need to lead a heart healthy life.
TEAM RESPONSIBILITY HAS ITS REWARDS
TEAM Coalition and the National Hockey League support designated-driver programs at participating NHL arenas. Fans pledge not to drink alcohol in order to drive their family and friends home safely, guaranteeing that everyone in the car is always wearing their seat belt. As a special incentive, one designated driver representing each participating NHL teams is selected as the Designated Driver for the Season. The representatives receive a gift bag of memorabilia courtesy of TEAM Coalition and their respective NHL team.
ROCK AND WRAP IT UP
The New York Islanders continue to fight against hunger by working with "Rock and Wrap it Up," an award-winning think tank using greener solutions to address poverty and the recovery of surplus food. All unused food following Islanders games is donated to local food banks. The Islanders were the first NHL team to participate in this program, and were recognized by the EPA for their participation.
The Islanders and the rest of the National Hockey League are committed to sustainable business practices that engage fans, partners, vendors and employees in recycling initiatives. During Islanders home games, fans are encouraged to recycle around the environmentally-friendly arena. Barclays Center was awarded LEED® Silver Certification for New Construction by The U.S. Green Building Congress for sustainable design, the first professional sports and entertainment venue in the New York metropolitan area to be recognized with such honor. The Islanders home arena was acknowledged in five environmental categories: sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.