Sidney Crosby and Mark Recchi have purchased suites at Mellon Arena for the 2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins season and will make them available to numerous children’s charities throughout the region.
At the Penguins’ home opener on Saturday night against Anaheim, Crosby’s suite will host kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation while Recchi’s suite will host Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Many other children’s charities will be involved throughout the season.
“We think it’s very important for professional athletes to give back to our community, and we can’t think of a better way than enabling kids who are disadvantaged or have special needs to experience the excitement of a Penguins game at Mellon Arena,” Crosby and Recchi said in a joint statement.
“The Pittsburgh Penguins organization always has been active in charitable and community projects, but we’re especially proud that our players have taken this step to provide unique opportunities for these children’s charities,” team president David Morehouse said.
The Penguins also take part in a number of charity events involving all the players on the team during the season – starting with the Project Bundle-Up event on Monday, Oct. 22, when they will assist a group of disadvantaged children in purchasing warm winter clothing.