Giving back to the community is a cornerstone of the Islanders family at every level. Players participate in a variety of different charitable events throughout the year. Below are programs different players have implemented.
BAILEY'S BUDDIES PROGAM
The 2015-16 season marked the sixth-straight season Islanders forward Josh Bailey has hosted his Bailey's Buddies program. At each home game, Bailey invited a child recovering from illness or an underprivileged child for a once-in-a-lifetime, VIP experience. During the game, "Bailey's Buddy" watches the game in a seat close to where the Islanders take the ice, high-fives the players, receives an Islanders gift bag with a Bailey player t-shirt and meets the Islanders forward after the game. Bailey gives a jersey, signs autographs, takes pictures and often tours the locker room with each guest.
TAVARES' TEAMMATES PROGRAM
The 2015-16 season marked the fifth-straight season Islanders Captain John Tavares hosted his Teammates Program. At each home game, Tavares hosts a child recovering from illness or an underprivileged child for a once-in-a-lifetime VIP experience. During the game, the special guest sits right behind the player bench, high-fives the players as they walk onto the ice, receives an Islanders gift and meets the Islanders Captain after the game. Tavares signs autographs and takes pictures with each special guest.
HAMONIC D-PARTNER OF THE GAME
The 2015-16 season marked the fourth-straight season for the "Hamonic D-Partner Program". At each home game, Islanders defenseman Travis Hamonic hosts a child that has lost one, or both parents. During the game, Hamonic's D-Partner sits in special rink-side seats, high-fives the players as they walk onto the ice, receives an Islanders gift and meets Hamonic after the game. Travis signs autographs, takes pictures and tours the locker room with each special participant. During the post game visit with Hamonic, the child and family in attendance share stories about their loved ones who have passed.
HICKEY'S SPECIAL HOCKEY PROGRAM
Throughout the 2015-16 season Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey worked with special hockey organizations of Long Island. At select home games during the season, Hickey invites a member of the Long Island Blues hockey team to Barclays Center to enjoy a home game. Each special guest meets with Hickey following the game and takes a tour of the locker room.
The Ladd Foundation supports a broad range of causes, namely focused on youth and the environment. The Ladd's are especially aware of issues impacting the health and well-being of young people, such as disabilities, illness, mental health and poverty. The goal of the foundation is to give individuals with limited opportunity access to new, exciting experiences, namely thought sporting events. Click here to learn more.
Andrew Ladd and the New York Islanders are proud of the young leaders in our community working hard to make a difference in the lives of others. The Ladd's Leaders program was created to recognize the amazing contributions of these young people and to reward them for their efforts.
MSC VETERAN OF THE GAME PROGRAM
The Islanders are proud to recognize local military personnel who actively serve or have served our great nation, the United States of America. These heroes protect America and represent all Long Islanders. At each home game during the season, the Islanders honor and host Military Men and Women. The Veteran receives VIP tickets to an Islanders game and is recognized during an in-game ceremony.