With left wing Scott Thornton facing off against S.J. Sharkie and defenseman Brad Stuart in the net, it was officially “Game On” at the Silicon Valley Children’s Shelter in San Jose on Nov. 2.
Thornton, Stuart, Sharkie, defenseman Scott Hannan and radio play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky were all present to dedicate the shelter’s new street hockey court, which was a gift from both The Sharks Foundation and The Good Tidings Foundation. Besides a completely refinished court, the shelter also received border pads, jerseys, goalie equipment, nets, sticks and pucks to ensure that everyone had exactly what they needed to learn the game and enhance their skills.
This recreational space was one of several that the foundations have collaborated on in the past few years and both groups were pleased to have the Silicon Valley Children’s Shelter as their beneficiary. The shelter, which opened 10 years ago, is operated in conjunction with the Silicon Valley Children’s Fund and is the residential, educational and recreational home to abused and neglected children within Santa Clara County.
“[This event] is important because we‘re lucky to do what we do and if we have the opportunity to help underprivileged kids, then we should,” said Stuart, “It’s a small thing for us, but it’s a huge deal for the kids.”
Speaking on behalf of The Sharks Foundation, Rusanowsky emphasized the team’s commitment to improving the lives of youth in Santa Clara County, as residents eagerly awaited the opportunity to take to the court and get some pointers from the pros. Once Children’s S
helter Executive Director Mihn Ngo-Gonzalez and Good Tidings Founder Larry Harper cut the ceremonial ribbon, everyone quickly picked teams, grabbed sticks and took full advantage of the new court.
Each year The Sharks Foundation, in conjunction with the Good Tidings Foundation, identifies a playground or schoolyard in the Bay Area in need of resurfacing. The only criterion for our mutual involvement is that the facility must be located in an underserved neighborhood and be deemed “unsafe” for children to use for recreation. Former Sharks player Brad Stuart and Sharks playersScott Hannan and Scott Thornton, along with radio play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky, dedicate a new street hockey court at the Silicon Valley Children's ShelterSAN JOSE SHARKS FINATICAL KIDS CLUB
The San Jose Sharks and S.J. Sharkie want YOU to be a part of the newest and most exciting kids club in the NHL. For only $14.95, you will receive members-only benefits, special offers and FinAtical Kids Club merchandise including:
- Welcome letter
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For more information on how you can become a member of this exclusive kids-only club, CRASH THE NET at sjsharks.com and sjsharkie.com in the coming weeks. MYSTERY PUCKS
The Sharks Foundation kicked off their first Mystery Puck fundraiser of the season on Nov. 19 during the Sharks vs. Phoenix Coyotes contest at HP Pavilion at San Jose. Sharks fans purchased Thanksgiving-themed pucks at various locations around the concourse for only $20 and in only an hour, all of the nearly 500 mystery pucks were sold out. The first Mystery Puck fundraiser of the season did not disappoint and The Sharks Foundation raised more than $9,500.
But what was so mysterious about these pucks? Each puck was signed by a Sharks player but was wrapped, so the player’s identity remained a secret until the puck was unwrapped. As an added bonus, the five lucky fans who found their puck signed in gold received a ticket to the first public autograph session of the year to be held on Jan. 4 at Logitech Ice.
The Sharks Foundation’s Holiday Mystery Puck fundraiser
is on Dec. 8 (vs. Florida) and Dec. 10 (vs. Carolina). Each night, a total of 600 gift wrapped holiday-themed pucks will be on sale at The Sharks Foundation booth (located just outside Section 124) and the North Entrance for $20 each. Every puck is guaranteed to be autographed by a Sharks player, whose identity will remain a secret until the puck is unwrapped. For the five lucky fans who find their puck signed in gold, a special prize awaits. Pucks are sure to sell out so remember to arrive early! CELEBRITY STORY HOUR
Join Sharks center Mark Smith and defenseman Tom Preissing for the Reading Is Cool Celebrity Story Hour
presented by The Sharks Foundation, The Mercury News and FSN Bay Area on Friday, Dec. 9 at HP Pavilion’s North Club. Children and their families will hear both players, as well as a Sharks broadcaster, read from a variety of treasured children’s books and an autograph session for the children will follow. This free event (including parking) starts at 7 p.m. and guests should enter through the North Entrance, accessible from the main parking lot. Readers subject to change. For questions regarding this event, please email email@example.com.