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Kids Experience The Joy Of Hockey

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

RXR-RexCorp's Islanders Inspire, now in its second year of helping youths on Long Island travel to see an Islanders game at the Nassau Coliseum, hosted more than 500 kids from 13 organizations Saturday night. To date, nearly 11,000 kids have received free tickets and transportation to Islanders games in 2008-09, thanks to RXR-RexCorp's Islanders Inspire.

"It's fun coming to the game with a big group," said youngster Hunter from the Malverne Youth Board."I like hockey because the players are fast and have a lot of endurance and have to do a lot of things."
Hunter, whose favorite player is coincidentally Trent Hunter, traveled to the game with 49 other teenagers from Malverne Youth Board.
"We do a lot of trips," said Malverne Youth Board volunteer Lisa Lagomarsine. "We take our kids to Broadway shows and Islanders games. This is one of our teenage events. The kids love this event. Especially with the recession, this is something a lot of kids wouldn't normally get to do. We have some kids who have never seen a hockey game and some that are big Islanders fans."
Executive Director Mike Bossy and the Islanders Business Club were at it again on Saturday night, creating new and exciting ways to reward their valuable members. Along with holding another first-class event prior to the Islanders-Panthers game, the IBC hosted a networking contest—with the winner earning a road trip with the Islanders to Pittsburgh.
Eighteen IBC members were selected to have 20 of their business cards contain one letter of the phrase "ROAD TRIP PITTSBURGH." During the event, IBC members were encouraged to share business ideas and exchange their business cards. Any member who successfully collected each of the 18 business cards with a letter was eligible to win a road trip with the team to Pittsburgh on February 25 on their charter plane.
"The reason behind this networking event is we're trying to get people moving around and meeting each other," said Bossy. "What better way to walk around and get business cards than also get a chance to win something at the same time."
Scott Fox, President of Interlink Security & Communication, Inc., took the challenge head-on. He proactively networked and successfully collected all 18 business cards with letters. He was extremely excited to win the trip for his son, Michael, who also attended the IBC event.
While there was only one winner of the networking contest, members expressed their enthusiasm for the event and its purpose.
"It was exciting seeing people running around trying to find out who has a letter," said Felix Rivera of Double G Productions, who held one of the 18 letters. "It's a sort of eye spy type of event. The IBC is a great opportunity to mingle and meet people from a variety of fields. We're one of the only electronic companies here, so a lot of the other people here are interested when they hear that. Under normal circumstances we wouldn't have had the opportunity to cross paths with them."

Saturday night was Town of Brookhaven Night—the first of the Islanders Town Nights at Nassau Coliseum—recognizing communities throughout Long Island. For Town Nights, residents are able to purchase discounted tickets to come out and support the Islanders, and show their town pride.
Among those representing the Town of Brookhaven on Saturday night was Councilman Timothy Mazzei, who was presented with a jersey from Captain Bill Guerin prior to the start of the game.

"We're very proud to be here tonight," said Mazzei. "Brookhaven has a lot of Islanders fans and I'm a big Islanders fan, too. I had season tickets for many years and this night is very nice."

The next Town Night will be Town of Hempstead Night, presented by The Lighthouse at Long Island, on February 21st when the Islanders take on the New Jersey Devils.

Click here for information on Islanders Town Nights.

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