Logitech Ice at San Jose was filled with FinAtical kids as the Sharks newest youth fan club played host to its first-ever member skate session on March 25.
The FinAtical Kids Club, which made its debut earlier this year, invited members and their friends and family to lace up their skates and hit the ice for only $5—half-off the normal price. More than 150 participants took advantage of this special offer.
FinAtical Kids Club spokesfish S.J. Sharkie was on the ice assisting kids who were learning how to skate while also performing his usual fun and good-natured antics.
“It’s great,” one parent said about the event. “Our kids love to skate and it’s exciting to have Sharkie skating with all the kids. That’s why we came out here.”
“My kids love the FinAtical Kids Club,” Patrick Garcia of Campbell said. “They were so excited about the event that they kept bugging me about it for weeks.”
After the 1½-hour skate session, members headed upstairs to Stanley’s Sports Bar to watch the Sharks take on the Minnesota Wild on one of Stanley’s 11 flat screen, plasma TV’s. In addition, the Sharks staff raffled off various autographed items and memorabilia, including signed pucks, S.J. Sharkie collectibles, signed mini-banners and two grand prizes—S.J. Sharkie and Evgeni Nabokov prize packages.
Nobody went home empty-handed. Those who didn’t win any raffle prizes were given Sharks stickers, mini-banners and player cards to take home. And if that wasn’t enough, the Sharks easily handled the Minnesota Wild, 5-1 in an important Conference game MOBILE SHARK TANK HITS THE STREETS
On March 7 and 8, the Mobile Shark Tank (MST), San Jose Sharks staff and Sharks mascot S.J. Sharkie visited Milani and Snow Elementary Schools in Newark as part of the City of Newark’s recreational after-school programs.
On March 7, the staff provided short instruction in the school gym at Milani Elementary for the 40 elementary-aged students participating in the program. Following the instruction, students enjoyed playing street hockey with their peers and their favorite hockey mascot, S.J. Sharkie.
"The kids had a blast. In fact, they couldn't stop talking about it for the next couple of days,” Amy Davis, recreation coordinator for the City of Newark, stated. "It was well organized…the kids just had so much fun.”
The following day, Snow Elementary received a visit from the MST and Sharks staff who facilitated street hockey instruction. It was a new experience for the 30 students participating, seeing that most of them were playing hockey for the very first time.
“Our after school recreation program hosts basketball, soccer and other activities, but for a majority of the kids, it was their first time playing hockey,” said Davis. “It was a real treat to have the MST come out to Newark because our center can’t provide the equipment needed to play.”
The MST is a portable mobile street hockey experience that allows children to play street hockey in a designated area like a parking lot, blacktop or gymnasium floor. If you’re interested in the Mobile Shark Tank visiting your event, contact Erin Buchanan at firstname.lastname@example.org.