In partnership with the Garden of Dreams Foundation, Rangers players Henrik Lundqvist
and Fredrik Sjostrom took a break from the ice Thursday afternoon to host children from Ronald McDonald House of New York at the Sports Museum of America in downtown Manhattan.
|Rangers Henrik Lundqvist and Fredrik Sjostrom had a blast showing children around the Sports Museum of America. |
As part of the New York Rangers and the Garden of Dreams Foundation's "Show Kids NY" program, Henrik and Fredrik personally guided children and their families through the nation's first and only, all sports museum experience.
Throughout the Sports Museum tour, the children viewed all the displays and engaged with the players in trivia and video-type games.
"This is a great event and helping children who are sick to enjoy a day and forget, even for a moment, that they are battling an illness really makes this day so special. This was a fun outing for me because I had never been to the Sports Museum and it has tons of interactive elements to try," stated Fredrik Sjostrom.
The group traveled through 19 sports themed galleries including baseball, basketball, football, running, gymnastics, and swimming. A special stop was made inside the hockey wing of the building where children participated in an interactive exhibit featuring the NHL's league leading goaltender in wins, Henrik Lunqvist. Since creating the interactive goalie feature, Henrik had not seen the exhibit, so the tour was a special opportunity for him, as well as the children.
"This is pretty cool, I am learning just as much about sports as the kids are. I had not seen the goalie exhibit, so it was great to share the experience with the kids from Ronald McDonald House. It is tough to see the children so sick, but I am glad to be a part of the Garden of Dreams Foundation and help to make their dreams come true," said Lundqvist.
Following the tour, Lundqvist and Sjostrom joined the children for a pizza party inside the museum's Rangers decorated special events room.
For more information on the Garden of Dreams Foundation, a non-profit charity that works closely with all areas of Madison Square Garden, including the Rangers, Knicks, Liberty, MSG Entertainment, MSG Media and Fuse to "make dreams come true for kids in crisis," please log onto gardenofdreamsfoundation.org