On Tuesday, April 17th, the LA Kings kicked of their #PlayoffItForward Campaign, a charitable initiative to engage team personnel, fans, and partners in the community through a series of events and fundraising opportunities in the spirit of giving back.
To start off the campaign, the Kings partnered with Bikes for Kids Foundation and surprised 75 third graders at Garfield Elementary in Alhambra with brand new bikes.
Since 2002, Bikes For Kids has given away over 45,000 bikes to underserved youth in Southern California.
The third graders were under the impression that only six children would be winning a bike after taking part of an essay competition on what it means to be a leader in their community.
Once the winners were announced, the kids were all surprised by being given a brand new bike. Kings alumni Derek Armstrong was there to cheer on the kids and help give away all of the bikes.
The #PlayoffItForward Campaign continues with Platelets for Playoffs which takes place from April 11th - 18th.
For each round of the playoffs, the Kings will award one fan with two playoff tickets for donating platelets at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Fans are encouraged to make an appointment to donate at CHLA and those who do will be entered to win two playoff tickets for the third Kings home playoff game in round one.