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Rechlicz Swims in Fans

by Brittany Kachingwe / New York Islanders
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Joel Rechlicz poses or a picture with the swimmers at American Red Cross Swim-A-Cross.
Islanders forward Joel Rechlicz attended the American Red Cross Swim-A-Cross for the Town of Hempstead Thursday morning at the Newbridge Park in Bellmore.

Swim teams from all across the Town of Hempstead signed up to raise money for the Nassau County Chapter of the American Red Cross.  More than 300 swimmers came to the event to swim, support the Red Cross, and enjoy various festivities.

While showing their support, the Islanders allowed fans to play at the slap-shot booth and the prize wheel with the team’s official macot, Sparky and the Ice Girls onsite as well.  Rechlicz signed autographs and took pictures with his fans.

“I had a great time this morning,” Rechlicz said. “All the kids did a great job raising money for such an important organization.  I’m glad the rain held off so the kids could finish swimming their laps for the event.”

The swim team from Newbridge Park raised the most money and was presented a trophy by Rechlicz himself.  Town Supervisor Kate Murray was also onsite showing her support for such a great cause.

Following the Islanders I.C.E. Tour’s stop at the pool, they traveled south to Wantagh to visit the children of Maplewood Camp. Over 200 children were on hand racing through the I.C.E. Tour’s inflatable obstacle courses or bumping on the moon-bounce. Sparky the Dragon and one of the Ice Girls were also on hand, greeting all the campers, signing autographs, taking pictures, and handing out giveaways to all the excited campers.

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