PITTSBURGH – The National Hockey League (NHL), Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine and his Companions in Courage charity today unveiled plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art "NHL Legacy Classroom" in Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC to commemorate the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals. The classroom is expected to be operational by April 2011.
The NHL Legacy Classroom will be an interactive space featuring innovative communications tools that allow children to connect to family, friends, schools and teachers during a hospital stay. The classroom's versatility will allow easy add-on technology components that will focus on education, including a SMART Board and a SMART Table, tools that stimulate collaboration among students and enable students and teachers to connect to other schools or "classrooms" via the room's video conferencing capabilities. The SMART Board and SMART Table will be provided by SMART Technologies.
The NHL Legacy Classroom also will feature a large screen TV that will utilize Cisco System's advanced video conferencing capabilities to broadcast educational content to the patients. Patients can connect to other classrooms on the network via Cisco's WebEx tools to collaborate on their learning experience during school hours and take part in fun interactive games and other activities after school hours. DuPont's™ Corian® will be used on the classroom's walls, desktops and cabinetry for additional infection control.
2011 NHL Winter Classic Childrens Hospital Visit
"On behalf of our players, clubs and fans, it is extremely gratifying that the NHL is able to leave this lasting legacy through the NHL Winter Classic and positively impact the Pittsburgh community and the lives of the young patients and their families," said John Collins, NHL Chief Operating Officer.
"I am extremely grateful to the NHL for its generosity and consideration of the children of Pittsburgh," said LaFontaine. "I can think of no better way to commemorate the NHL Winter Classic than by this long-lasting gift to the host community in Pittsburgh."
"Providing our patients, especially those who are hospitalized for long periods of time, access to educational support is an important aspect of family-centered care. This NHL Legacy Classroom will help us provide this support in a state-of-the-art, technology rich environment," said Christopher Gessner, president, Children's Hospital. "We're very grateful to the NHL, Companions in Courage, the Pittsburgh Penguins and SMART Technologies for partnering with us to make this possible."
The NHL Legacy Classroom complements the continued philanthropic efforts of the Pittsburgh Penguins, including the team's long-standing work with the Children's Hospital. The NHL Foundation donation of the NHL Legacy Classroom is part of the NHL's Biggest Assist Happens off the Ice initiative, the League's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.