Thanks to Sidney Crosby
and his foundation, there is a newly redeveloped teen lounge for patients at the IWK Health Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, near his hometown of Cole Harbour.
The Pittsburgh Penguins’ star spent some time there this week, hanging out with patients and supporting the overall project – which was made possible thanks to a contribution by the Sidney Crosby
“I am really happy with this great room for the kids,” Crosby said. “I hope it’s a place that is very inviting for patients and their families to spend time. This new space is made up of all the ideas the kids felt would make it fun and comfortable. They did a very good job and I hope they will enjoy all that it has to offer.”
Executives at the health center were overwhelmed by the continued generosity of the local hero.
“We are thrilled with Sidney’s support of the IWK and Child Life program,” said Brad Jacobs, vice president of development for the IWK Foundation. “Through this project and the Stanley Cup visit two summers ago, he has been a real champion for the Maritimes patients and families we serve.”
The teen lounge is a gathering space designed to meet the unique needs of patients 12 years and older – a safe haven for them to enjoy and experience some of the normal social interactions that their peers enjoy. It is a place for group activities like cooking, crafts and games for special events like birthdays, holiday parties and special visitors – such as Crosby.
“The new teen lounge is awesome and has the things we asked for, like a window bench and a bigger cooking area,” said IWK patient Trevor Price from Fredericton, New Brunswick. “It was so cool of Sidney Crosby
to make this possible.”