Andy Hilbert traveled with the I.C.E. Tour on Wednesday and visited Camp Apollo in Plainview to be a part of Carnival Day. As the Islanders RV and box truck pulled into the playing fields of Plainview/Old Bethpage Middle School, children began rushing forward in excitement. The I.C.E. Tour had all of their inflatable games set up for the children to enjoy while Hilbert came out of the Islanders RV and signed autographs for more than 300 children who were enjoying the special day at the camp. Sparky the Dragon was also on hand, enjoying the fun-filled afternoon with the young campers. Andy played goalie using street hockey equipment the I.C.E. Tour had donated to the camp and let children take their best shots on him.
Brian, an excited 7-year-old camper from Plainview, really enjoyed playing hockey with Hilbert, saying, “You can play hockey with the player and cool sticks! It was a lot of fun.” Camp Director George Rosenbaum also commented on the day, saying, “Camp Apollo once again would like to thank the New York Islanders for their continued support in making our carnival day an enormous success. The campers were thrilled to take pictures with Sparky, hang out and play hockey with Andy Hilbert, and play on the inflatable games.”
The afternoon soon came to an end, but not before each child lined up along the sides of a path that the Islanders RV drove down, all waving to Andy as he left. “That was a great event,” said Andy. “Spending time with children is something I really enjoy and to get them interested in hockey will only help grow the sport more.”
Andy will continue to make stops this week with the I.C.E. Tour. Find out where he will be next by clicking here