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Rats Roundup: Community Champions, World Championship Begins

by Peter Rossi / FloridaPanthers.com

Good morning and welcome to the latest edition of Rats Roundup!

Apply now for our Community Champions Grant, the 2019 IIHF World Championship starts today and more! Sit back, relax and catch up on all the latest Panthers news!

Community Champions

Earlier this week, the Florida Panthers Foundation launched their Community Champions Grant Application for the 2019-20 season.

The Florida Panthers Foundation Community Champions Grant Program allows charitable organizations throughout the South Florida region to request financial support for programs and initiatives that are benefiting the community and support the four pillars of the Florida Panthers Foundation.

When the program first was set in place in 2016, the goal was to commit $5 million over five years to the South Florida Community.

During the first three years of the program, the Florida Panthers Foundation is well on their way to achieving that number, having awarded $3 million to local organizations.

Video: Community Champions 2019 Recap

To learn more information or to apply for the 2019-20 Florida Panthers Community Champions Grant Program, please visit FloridaPanthers.com/CommunityChampions.

Let the Games Begin

The 2019 IIHF World Championship kicks off today in Slovakia, with all Cats representatives in action!

Forward Evgenii Dadonov will represent Team Russia, Forward Frank Vatrano will represent Team USA, forward Juho Lammikko will represent Team Finland and forward Vincent Praplan will represent Team Switzerland.

Additionally, Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon will serve on the U.S. Men's National Team Advisory Group and goaltending coach Robb Tallas will serve as the goaltending coach for Team Italy.

Find a schedule below of the day's games and be sure to stay tuned to FloridaPanthers.com/Worlds for the current game schedule, broadcast information, stats and more!

Today' Schedule (Times E.T.):

Finland (Lammikko) vs. Canada - 10:15 A.M.

Russia (Dadonov) vs. Norway - 10:15 A.M.

United States (Vatrano) vs. Slovakia - 2:15 P.M.

PLUS, the tournament was previewed on this week's installment of Territory Talk and Vatrano stopped by to discuss playing for team USA. Listen below and head to FloridaPanthers.com/TerritoryTalk to listen to past episodes.

H.O.M.E.S. Project

In late April, the Florida Panthers Foundation, Moss Construction and H.O.M.E.S Inc. reunited to celebrate the closing of the first home of the ambitious H.O.M.E.S. project, a program designed to build eight affordable houses for those in need.

The home, awarded to Edwidge Alexandre is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom single family home with a two-car garage.

"It's really a blessing," Alexandre said. "I feel so blessed to have been picked."

But the best aspect of the new home according to Alexandre? Her children's excitement over their new home.

"They've never had a backyard before, so they just want to be out there," Alexandre said with a smile. "They're very happy… When they first walked into the house they were just running around saying, "Is this my room!?" They also love the kitchen. We're all just very happy."

To read more on the program and the new home, click HERE.

Video: H.O.M.E.S. Ribbon Cutting

Mother's Day Memories

To celebrate Mother's Day, Panthers players reminisced their favorite memories with their mother's and shared some of the most recent texts they received from their moms.

Video: Texts From Mom

Video: Mother's Day 2019

Quick Hitters

- 2018-19 Season Rewind: Mike Hoffman

Video: 2018-19 Season Rewind: Mike Hoffman

- 2018-19 Season Rewind: Roberto Luongo

Video: 2018-19 Season Rewind: Roberto Luongo

- To celebrate National Teachers Day, some Cats shared teachers that made a difference in their lives. 

Video: National Teacher Day

- Panthers forwards Frank Vatrano and Colton Sceviour visited Marlins Park to take some hacks at Miami Marlins batting practice. 

Video: Panthers Batting Practice

- ROAR Corps auditions are coming! RSVP today!

Tweet from @ROARCorps: Gabrielle talks about ���the new family she developed��� working for the Florida Panthers ROAR Corps! 😸 You can join the ROAR Corps family! Click the link in the bio to RSVP for auditions #OneTerritory #FlaPanthers @flapanthers pic.twitter.com/XCAZhQt55p

- The first session of Girls Learn to Play is set to begin!

Tweet from @FlaPanthersCARE: New hockey equipment ������We can���t wait for the first session of Girls #LearnToPlay to begin 🙋���������🏒 pic.twitter.com/4HMJJfxDRp

- RSVP for our Select-A-Seat on May 18 and select your seats for the 2019-20 season.

Tweet from @FlaPanthers: RSVP to spend some time with the Cats on May 18!Tour the arena, enjoy a beer on us and select your seats for the 19-20 season �� https://t.co/ZFgkJVMfDY pic.twitter.com/35HThZBTv2

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