For the second straight season, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has purchased a suite at Mellon Arena and will make it available to charitable groups, including many children’s charities, throughout the 2008-09 season.
As part of the Penguins’ “Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night” on Saturday, the Crosby suite will host young cancer patients from the Make-A-Wish Foundation as the Pens take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at 7 p.m.
“I believe it is important for professional athletes to give back to our community, and it is a special opportunity to enable people who are disadvantaged or who have special needs to experience the excitement of a Penguins game at Mellon Arena,” Crosby said.
“The Penguins organization is proud to support many charitable causes throughout the Pittsburgh region, and we’re delighted that Sidney, as our captain and leader, is again taking this step to purchase a suite for the entire season and make it available to local charities,” team president David Morehouse said.
In addition to Make-A-Wish, charities that were able to attend games in the Crosby suite last season include Big Brothers Big Sisters, Tickets For Kids, the Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics of Allegheny County, The Caring Place, The Bradley Center, The Bone Marrow Transplant/Oncology Unit of UPMC Shadyside, The DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, the D.T. Watson Home for autistic children, Pathfinder School, Pen Pals families and Variety - The Children’s Charity.