The Hempstead School District held its annual “Sports Day” on Friday at the Barack Obama Elementary School. Busloads of 3rd Graders were brought in, as the school’s grounds were transformed into several different stations—each introducing the children to a new sport. More than 500 children were brought to the different stations—which included judo, tennis, basketball, soccer and, of course, hockey. Waiting at the hockey station were two representatives from the Islanders—Director of Amateur Hockey Development Dan Bedard and his good friend, Sparky the Dragon! The duo was on hand to help get the children more familiarized with the game of hockey through some fun drills and lots of encouragement. After a few quick drills, the kids were placed on teams as pick-up games were run by the teachers, Bedard and Sparky—who spent most of his time playing goalie for all the different teams. The children were introduced to hockey earlier this school year through the I.S.L.E. Program, when the Islanders donated street hockey equipment to the physical education departments of all the elementary schools in the Hempstead School District.