New York Islanders fans got the chance to meet their favorite players this past weekend when the team hosted their third annual Islanders Children’s Foundation Day at Adventureland in Farmingdale.
“It’s a full day of family fun for a good cause,” said Islanders Community Relations Manager, Ann Rina, of the event in which profits go to the ICF.
“It’s a great way to give back and help people out that are less fortunate,” said New York Islanders’ fan favorite, John Tavares.
Fans and their families were able to roam the park, collecting players’ autographs while enjoying Adventureland rides like the Hurricane roller coaster. In front of the Hurricane sat Islanders’ player, Kyle Okposo, who had a longer line in front of him than the ride itself.
“You see the young kids and you remember when you were a kid and the thrill of meeting a professional athlete,” said player Travis Hamonic.
The family-friendly event took place right before the 2011-2012 season kicks off Saturday with a game against the Florida Panthers. And the event not only proved successful for the cause, it also was a great boost for the players too.
“We’ve got a lot to prove still,” said player Josh Bailey.”And it’s good to have that fan support.”