San Jose Sharks center Joe Pavelski
united with the Sharks Foundation and the Good Tidings Foundation to build a street hockey court at Franklin Elementary School in San Jose. Pavelski was joined by teammates Devin Setoguchi, Jason Demers
and Torrey Mitchell
, S.J. Sharkie and others at the dedication ceremony and grand opening of the court on Monday, September 20.Click here
to view photos from the event.
“I was really excited to be a part of this,” said Pavelski following the one-hour ceremony that included an inaugural game of street hockey with the students.
To begin the event, Sharks Broadcaster Randy Hahn introduced several guests including Franklin-McKinley School Board Superintendent Dr. John Porter, Good Tidings Foundation Founder Larry Harper, Phuoc Nguyen of Playworks and Sharks Fan Development Manager Jeff Cafuir.
Sharks Head Coach Todd McLellan also attended the ceremony to support Pavelski’s involvement in the resurfacing project. Although he wasn’t a featured guest of the event, McLellan was invited on stage by Hahn to give the students some words of encouragement.
“I’m really proud of our players to come out today and donate this court to you --- thanks Pavs,” said McLellan. “Kids, enjoy it. This is a really special opportunity you have. Go out there and have fun. Keep your sticks on the --- pavement I guess, not on the ice. Enjoy.”
The main event of the afternoon featured Pavelski playing street hockey with the students alongside his NHL teammates and S.J. Sharkie. With the court lined with students two rows deep, Pavelski invited a mix of fourth, fifth and sixth graders to play a game of five-on-five with help from the Sharks players. These students were all Junior Coaches from the Playworks program and assist younger students with physical education at school.
“You can see how excited these kids are,” added Pavelski after the game. “If they’re out at recess or gym class and they learn the game, then when they watch the Sharks it’s going to make it that much more meaningful for them.”ABOUT THE SHARKS FOUNDATION
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Heath and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need. Although the San Jose Sharks and the Sharks Foundation support a variety of community programs on various levels, we feel that the key to the long-term well-being of our community is our youth.
The San Jose Sharks are as deeply involved with the neighborhood we live in as we are with the game that we play. As role models, we feel responsible to give back to the community that so strongly supports us.
To this end, the Sharks Foundation was created in 1994 in an effort to increase our organizational impact on Santa Clara County. With the help of Sharks players, coaches and staff, the Sharks Foundation invests in the community with the hope of enhancing the lives of our youth. It quickly evolved and expanded beyond its original charter and has since donated over $4.1 million to more than 85 local beneficiaries. During the 2009-10 season, its contribution to local youth programs and organizations totaled $256,898 through monetary grants. In addition to the original grant program, the Sharks Foundation manages educational programs, hosts major fundraisers, executes pledge programs and implements community outreach events.Click here
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ABOUT THE GOOD TIDINGS FOUNDATION
Good Tidings Foundation, a 501-(c)-3 children’s charity, equally supports arts, education, athletics, and dreams for youth from communities in need in the Greater Bay Area. Good Tidings designs, funds and builds original projects to increase access to enriching opportunities by deserving youth. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, it has constructed more than 85 youth athletic facilities and 5 art centers, provided art education for 4,000 students and granted nearly $700,000 in college scholarships. For more information, visit www.goodtidings.org