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Player Programs Making a Difference

Here's your chance to help us reach deserving children

by New York Islanders NYIslanders / New York Islanders

Serving the community has always been an integral part of the Islanders' commitment to the local community. Most Islanders fans know about the team's bigger community events, like the Golf Outing and Casino Night, and the holiday visits to local children's hospitals.

But several players, including Matt Martin, Anthony Beauvillier, Josh Bailey and Andrew Ladd, take that commitment to Long Island and the NY/Metro area even further by hosting programs that have a direct impact on local children. These programs aim to provide a little relief to a child going through a difficult time, or, in the case of the Ladd's Leaders program, recognize young leaders in the community.

The New York Islanders are looking to you, our fans, to help us reach as many deserving children as possible, and to ensure that these player programs have the maximum impact. We encourage you to nominate a deserving child for one of the following programs.

Bailey's Buddies: 

The 2018-19 season will mark the ninth season that Josh Bailey has hosted his Bailey's Buddies program. At each home game, Josh treats a child recovering from illness or a child facing hardships to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Bailey's "buddy" watches the game from a seat near the ice, high-fives the players and gets to take pictures with Josh and get an autograph. Bailey enjoys the experience as much as his new friend. "The biggest thrill for me is seeing their smiles because I know, for a couple of hours, they haven't thought at all about the tough times they deal with day-to-day." Click below if you know a child going through a tough time who would be overjoyed by the chance to be a Bailey's Buddy.


Video: Matt Martin Charity Poker Tournament

Matt Martin Foundation: 

Matt Martin is a community fixture on Long Island. The Islanders forward has staged an annual charity poker tournament, hosted kids hockey camps, charity bowling nights and more through his foundation, raising money and awareness for local causes. Even when Martin was playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs, he continued to run his Long Island camps and charitable events, signaling his dedication to the community.


Beauvillier and Alzheimer's Association:

Anthony Beauvillier is continuing to raising money and awareness for the Alzheimer's Association this season. Starting last year Beauvillier has been donating money to the Alzheimer's Association after Isles home wins. The Islanders forward - whose grandfather suffered from Alzheimer's - also invited kids and families affected by the disease to Islanders games and met with them afterwards for pictures and autographs. 


Ladd's Leaders:

Andrew Ladd started the Ladd's Leaders program to recognize and reward young leaders (age 5-17) in our community who are working hard to erase poverty, improve literacy or protect the environment, or someone who is making a difference in some other way. The Ladd's Leaders will be invited to attend a select home game and will sit in a suite for the game and meet with Andrew in the locker room after the game. Click below to nominate an inspiring young leader in your community.


Video: Anders Lee Kancer Jam 2018

Anders Lee's Kancer Jam:

Over the past two years, Anders Lee has raised over $190,000 for pediatric cancer through a pair of Kancer Jam events. The event, which partners with Jam Kancer in the Kan, is a charity Kan Jam tournament, the backyard frisbee game. 

Thomas Hickey LI Blues: 

Thomas Hickey will continue his work with the Long Island Blues - a hockey program for kids with special needs - in the 2018-19 season. Hickey hosts LI Blues players and their families at Islanders home games and gives a personal tour of the Islanders locker room post-game. Hickey also drops by to help coach at LI Blues clinics and camps.

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