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Maytag and Sharks Bring Boys And Girls Club to Sharks Ice

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Seven lucky children from the Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley had a very special Monday afternoon.

Thanks to the San Jose Sharks and Maytag, these kids watched the Sharks practice at Sharks Ice at San Jose, got a tour of the Sharks practice facility and met Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. In addition, they got to meet Development Coach and former Sharks center Mike Ricci and Radio-Play-by-Play Announcer Dan Rusanowsky.

Maytag, an official Sharks sponsor, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America are in the second year of a three-year partnership. Over this period, Maytag will donate $4.5 million to the BGCA through the Dependable Club Award, which will be given to worthy clubs.

“Both organizatons (Maytag and the BGCA) are more than 100 years old,” said the on-site Maytag representative. “Both Maytag and BGCA focus on the dependable message so it's a natural fit.”

The seven children won’t be the only ones experiencing the Maytag touch. Before tomorrow night’s Sharks-Phoenix game at HP Pavilion, the Maytag Repairman will sing the national anthem before a professional sporting event for the first time in the Bay Area.

Apparently, those Maytag appliances are so reliable that the man in the blue outfit and red necktie has resorted to going on tour for a second income.

“There isn’t enough work,” the Maytag Repairman said with a smile. “I’ve got some time on my hands and took a couple of singing lessons.”

Seriously, Clay Jackson is the fourth person who’s been in the role. Over the last four decades, the Maytag Repairman’s outfit has been worn by character actors Jesse White, Gordon Jump (who played the radio station owner on “WKRP In Cincinnati”) and Hardy Rawls. Jackson has been the infamous repairman since 2007.

Tuesday night will be the second time the Maytag Repairman has performed the national anthem at a National Hockey League game. His NHL debut came at the Verizon Center before a Washington Capitals game.

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