Islanders forward Nate Thompson wrapped up his week on Long Island with a visit to the Tappen Beach Summer Recreation Program. More than 150 campers were treated to a day of fun with a visit from the Islanders I.C.E. Tour. The campers eagerly awaited the arrival of the Islander forward and as soon as Thompson arrived, the campers rushed to the autograph table for the chance to meet him. Thompson signed portraits and took pictures with everyone in attendance. The older group of campers took turns playing street hockey with Thompson who captained one team while Sparky, the Islanders official mascot, captained the other. All the kids in attendance had a great time.
“Today was a beautiful day and I couldn't have asked for a better group of kids to finish my final day on the I.C.E. Tour," Thompson said. "The already had an outdoor hockey rink that we were able to play a game of street hockey on. Sparky was the captain of the other team but I think my team was able to pull out the win in the end. It was a lot of fun."
Immediately following Thompson's event, the I.C.E. Tour visted the children of Project Play at Jackson Primary School for a fun afternoon. All of the interactive games as well as the prize wheel were on site as kids enjoyed racing through the inflatables, taking their best slap shots, and winning some great Islander prizes. Sparky the Dragon also stopped by, taking pictures with each group who came prepared with creative welcome signsfor the team's mascot. Sparky acted as a judge and picked out one groups banner as the winner for the camp's best banner contest.