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Roman Josi of Predators escorts kids to gala event

Nashville defenseman surprises children with Uber ride, trip to charity fundraiser

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Roman Josi isn't just helping the Nashville Predators make a run during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The defenseman is also helping out in the community.

Josi recently surprised some Nashville-area children and escorted them in an Uber to the Best Buddies Gala and Casino charity event in Nashville.

Video: Roman Josi accompanies Best Buddies to special gala

During the ride to the event, Josi asks one of the girls, Olivia, who she loves. "I love you like a friend -- I'm taken," she responded, pointing to her date.

The Best Buddies program raises money for children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is represented in over 100 middle schools, high schools and colleges across Tennessee. The annual Gala and Casino event raised more than $265,000 last year.

"It was awesome, we had a fun car," said Josi, in his sixth season with the Predators. "I had a lot of fun. Everybody was touched. The whole gala was amazing. Thanks to all the people who came out and supported Best Buddies. Most importantly, we raised a lot of money. It was an unbelievable feeling and it was a great night all around."

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