SAN JOSE – Sharks Team Captain Patrick Marleau has partnered with the Sharks Foundation and the Good Tidings Foundation to construct a street hockey court at Washington Elementary School in downtown San Jose.
Marleau, several of his Sharks teammates, S.J. Sharkie and others will be on-hand Wed., Oct. 15th at 3:00 p.m. to christen the court and battle the students in a game of street hockey.
In a partnership between the Good Tidings Foundation and the Sharks Foundation spanning five previous court projects, this is the first-ever scenario to include a current Sharks athlete as a financial benefactor. It came together this off-season as a result of Marleau soliciting information on how he could continue to build upon an already impressive list of giving back to the San Jose community.
The court will be painted in Sharks colors and include a donation of street hockey equipment, jerseys as well as on-going instruction from the Sharks staff. Marleau has committed to visit the school throughout the year as he recognizes the importance of remaining a good role model.
“It’s quite an honor to be aligned with people that work so hard on behalf of others,” said Marleau. “The Good Tidings Foundation and the Sharks Foundation have consistently demonstrated the ability to create positive outcomes for children and families throughout the Bay Area. I am excited and hopeful to think that the students at Washington Elementary School will receive as much fun and enjoyment from the ability to learn and play the game of hockey as I did as a kid.”
Community VIP’s will include San Jose Unified School Board Superintendent Don Iglesias, School Board President Pam Foley and School Board Vice President Leslie Reynolds.