Penguins Host "Hockey is for Everyone" Night
The Pittsburgh Penguins feel hockey is for everyone. That's why they're once again hosting their annual "Hockey Is For Everyone Night" at PPG Paints Arena.
The Pittsburgh Penguins feel hockey is for everyone. That's why they're once again hosting their annual "Hockey Is For Everyone Night" at PPG Paints Arena. Thursday night's game against San Jose will focus on the inclusion of hockey fans and players, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and socio-economic status.
"We support any teammate, coach or fan who brings heart, energy and passion to the rink." the Penguins in their press release
Throughout the night there will be eight special "junior starters," which includes representatives from a variety of different youth teams in the region. Many of the groups in attendance for the game will be featured as part of the Highmark Wall of Champions. Members of Pittsburgh Blind Hockey will even play a small game during second intermission.
Players will skate around during warm-ups with their sticks wrapped in rainbow-colored Pride tape. Those sticks will be available for auction. Proceeds will benefit "You Can Play" - an advocacy group that promotes the safety and inclusion for all who participate in sports, including LGBTQ athletes. The players will also wear "Hockey Is For Everyone" logos on their helmets during the game.
It's not only about what happens inside the arena. PPG Paints Arena will also be undergoing a physical transformation. The sign on the exterior of the arena will be lit in rainbow colors. Themed Pride merchandise will be available for purchase at the PensGear Store inside the arena too.
(Credit featured image to the Penguins Twitter account)
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