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Cats & Coffee: Community Champions; 'Learn to Play' Surprise

by Jameson Olive / @JamesonCoop / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning and welcome to "Cats & Coffee," a weekly segment presented by Community Coffee in which we get you caffeinated with an exciting look at the week ahead for the Florida Panthers.

If you want to understand the core values of the Florida Panthers, look no further than the Community Champions Grant Program, which wrapped up its second of five planned seasons during the 2017-18 campaign.

At each home game this season, the Florida Panthers Foundation awarded one grant for up to $25,000 to a local organization that typically fell under one of four key pillars - health and education for children, veteran's issues, youth hockey or raising awareness about the endangered Florida panther.

The Community Champions Grant program, which is presented by MOSS & Associates, LLC and MOSS Foundation, is committed to donating a total of $5 million over five seasons to charitable organizations throughout South Florida.

For a closer look at the difference this program has already made, please check out our "Champion Check-Ins" below to hear from past Community Champions.

- Champion Check-In: Endless Possibilities for the Disabled

- Champion Check-In: Rocky Mountain Dawgs Project

- Champion Check-In: Special Compass 

- Champion Check-In: Florida Wildlife Corridor 

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more Community Champions news!

ROAR CORPS

The Panthers will be holding ROAR Corps Auditions for the 2018-19 season on Saturday, June 9 at the Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs, with callbacks to be held on Sunday, June 10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Sunrise.

As the official Energy Team of the Panthers, the ROAR Corps are tasked with pumping up the crowd, scraping in the ice during timeouts and helping execute promotions. On non-game days, they are sent out into the community for watch parties, special events and more.

Now, before you get too excited (although excitement is certainly a plus in this line of business) there are a few things that are required of every ROAR Corps member, including being at least 18 years of age or a high school graduate or equivalent. Also, having the ability to skate isn't required, but it's a HUGE plus.

If you'd like to audition, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/Auditions.

"LEARN TO PLAY" SURPRISE

You never know who's going to show up at the rink.

At this past week's session of the Panthers Adult "Learn to Play" program at the Palm Beach Skate Zone, former NHL player and coach Adam Oates surprised a few aspiring hockey players with some helpful on-ice coaching. 

While it's unlikely that a five-time all-star will show up at every session, it's safe to say that the Panthers Adult "Learn to Play" program has already a huge success, as participants have been able to experience the game of hockey at the beginner level with quality teaching and ice time at an affordable cost.

"It's never too late to start hockey," Panthers Youth Hockey Manager Matt Janusz said. "There's always time to play… We're here to partner with our local rinks, get people out here, get them started and get them what they need."

If you are interested in joining a future "Learn to Play" program, a waiting list is available at FloridaPanthers.com/HockeyPrograms.

Video: 2018 Adult Learn To Play Program

CATS IN THE COMMUNITY

Tweet from @CHalling612: Sports Day at preschool today in Solana Beach, CA! Asked him what he wanted to wear today and his immediate answer was his @FlaPanthers jersey ��� he wanted Mama to match too. #OneTerritory #StartEmEarly #PantherFansInCA pic.twitter.com/DbST3BeZAj

Tweet from @FischerNBC6: Out here with #FlaPanthers Nick Bjugstad and Aleksander Barkov at North Ft. Lauderdale @BGCA_Clubs @NBC6Sports @nbc6 pic.twitter.com/OdUXrzCKkx

Tweet from @StanleyCPanther: My main bird @UM_Sebastian, the beautiful @MDCheer and your favorite feline, went to @Dillardelm for their career day! #oneterritory pic.twitter.com/zrPMN6Spto

COLD COFFEE (IN CASE YOU MISSED IT)

- MacKenzie Weegar's free weekends usually involve a lot of golf (but NO sunscreen!)

- REWIND: Colton Sceviour did a little bit of everything to help the Panthers this season

- The Panthers recently launched their first-ever Summer Reading Tour

- REWIND: Less than two years removed from a gruesome injury, Jonathan Huberdeau is coming off the best season of his career with the Panthers

- Join the territory and become a Season Ticket Holder today!  

- How do you get an entire hockey team from Point A to Point B? Listen to Panthers Team Services Manager Stiles Burr on this week's episode of the Territory Talk podcast to find out.

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