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Gritty takes on nuns in basketball, helps donate defibrillator to school

Flyers mascot scores with assist from Simon's Heart @NHLdotcom

Gritty has taken his dominance from the hockey rink to the hardwood.

The Philadelphia Flyers mascot showed no mercy playing basketball against two nuns at St. Francis De Sales School in Philadelphia on Jan. 30. His tight defense, despite a friendly high-five attempt, forced one nun to travel, and then he viciously blocked the shot of another.

Tweet from @GrittyNHL: Business as usual.

The game was all in good fun, as Gritty was at the school to celebrate the donation of a new automated external defibrillator (AED) through a partnership between the Flyers, Penn Medicine and Simon's Heart.

Simon's Heart is a Philadelphia-area charity that raises awareness about the warning signs and conditions that can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and death in children. The AED device donated to St. Francis De Sales School was the 23rd given to Philadelphia-area schools and establishments during their three-season partnership.

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