Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas spent his Friday afternoon with second grade students at Rasor Elementary School in Plano, talking with the kids about sports, leadership and teaching them some of his fierce hockey skills.
Robidas spent over an hour with the students during P.E. class as an appearance courtesy of a live auction package purchased at the 14th Annual Dallas Stars Casino Night, which raised over $266,000 for the Dallas Stars Foundation. Although Stars fan, Skylar, was the lucky kid who won the “Take Robidas to School” day, he shared his experience with all 89 second graders.
Questions were flooding in left and right from the curious elementary school students who were eager to know how the NHL player got started on the ice and his favorite things about hockey. After the Q & A session, each student got some one-on-one coaching from Robidas where they learned how to hold a hockey stick and shoot a street hockey ball.
Not only did the kids get hockey tips from a pro, they all went home with autographed player cards from Robidas. The lucky winner, Skylar, even got a personalized jersey and pictures with his favorite player.
Stephane Robidas and the Dallas Stars strive to build youth hockey in the community. It is with events like these that the Stars are able to create a loyal fan base at an early age by helping youth to fall in love with the sport.
“Today is about promoting the game and being out here with the kids. There were quite a few who knew about the Stars and a lot that didn’t know. Hopefully, if there is one kid we played with today and showed them the game of hockey that will go home and say ‘Dad I want to play hockey or go see a Stars game,” Robidas said.
The kids at Rasor Elementray can continue to practice their hockey skills with the two sets of hockey equipment, complete with goals, donated to the school by the Dallas Stars.
“To me it’s a game that I love playing, it’s a great game and I enjoy introducing it to a new generation.”