On Friday, March 28, The Kings Care Foundation, in partnership with Heal The Bay, hosted their first-ever beach clean-up event near Redondo Beach Pier. Joining the important volunteer effort were Kings’ players including Rob Blake, Anze Kopitar
, Dustin Brown
, Derek Armstrong, Patrick O’ Sullivan, as well as President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille, and other Kings staff members, and Bailey, the Kings mascot.
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“The LA Kings are pleased to find meaningful ways to give back to the community in which we live and play,” says Robitaille. “Since many players and staff live in and around the South Bay, the partnership with Heal the Bay was a natural fit for us.”
After a brief overview and introduction from the Heal The Bay staff, all Kings’ volunteers worked together in groups to clean up the beach Friday afternoon.
“You think the beach is clean, but when you start digging through the sand, you’re amazed at all of the garbage that is there,” Kings Center Derek Armstrong said.
Following the beach clean-up, Kings’ volunteers were treated to a limited edition flavor from Cold Stone Creamery – “Nim's Island Cookie Doughn't You Want Some.” Nim's Island is a story of a young girl living on a tropical island intent on protecting her environment. The film stars Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster and Gerard Butler and is in theaters April 4.
“For anyone that is interested in doing their part to protect the health and safety of our coastal waters, doing a beach clean-up is the one of the easiest ways to get involved,” said Eveline Bravo, Beach Programs Manager with Heal The Bay.
In addition to the beach clean-up, The Kings Care Foundation has been selling special blue pucks during the month of March to benefit the Foundation and Heal the Bay at home games and online at auction.nhl.com. On Saturday, April 3, mystery-signed pucks by several of the Kings’ players will be sold for $25 at the Kings-Ducks game.
Formed in 1996, Kings Care Foundation is the non-profit children's charity of the Los Angeles Kings. Dedicated to providing children in the Greater Los Angeles area with educational and recreational opportunities, Kings Care Foundation has provided over $4 million in in-kind and monetary support for the local community
Heal the Bay is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean, and the organization uses research, education, community action and advocacy to pursue its mission. Beach programs from the organization reach over 15,000 volunteers annually.