Mike Fisher may no longer have professional hockey player as part of his current title, but the role of philanthropist is something he'll never lose.
Now retired, the former Predators captain paid a visit to one of his favorite places in Nashville, Room In The Inn, but the appearance wasn't just to stop in and say hello to those who have made as much of an impact on his life as he has on theirs.
A gift for his recent retirement, the Nashville Predators Foundation presented Fisher and Room In The Inn with a check for $8,000 to help fund the newly formed Mike Fisher Legacy Project as a way for Fisher, the Preds and Room In The Inn to continue their partnership.
"When I heard they were going to do this, I couldn't believe it, really," Fisher said, beaming from ear to ear. "That's just awesome."
In addition to Fisher continuing to visit with Room In The Inn as he's always done, the establishment of the Legacy Project will see a monthly volunteer program created for Predators front office staff to donate their time at the full-service homeless facility, which is just blocks away from Bridgestone Arena.
Video: Mike Fisher Legacy Project founded at Room In The Inn
Starting with the Oct. 25 session, approximately 10 volunteers from the Predators organization and Bridgestone Arena vendors Delaware North and Levy Restaurants will split up into shifts to prepare and serve lunch at Room In The Inn.
While serving meals is high on the list of importance, Room In The Inn also provides programs that emphasize human development and recovery through education, self-help and work, centered in community and long-term support.
"Mike is family," Room In The Inn Executive Director Rachel Hester said. "While everyone here doesn't know hockey, they all know how to cheer for people they love."
That's exactly what they've done for years with Fisher's involvement, from sporting caps donated from Bridgestone Arena ice each time a Preds hat trick is recorded at home to simply chatting with someone those at the facility know as a humble, kind individual who wants to see them succeed.
"I love this place," Fisher said. "You love hearing the stories of people that have just overcome certain things and that's what makes it cool. There are people that really have turned things around and done such a great job and are now successful, and that's what it's all about… You always leave kind of feeling like you got more than you gave."
For more information on Room In The Inn or to volunteer, please visit roomintheinn.org. For more information on the Nashville Predators Foundation, click here.