In the midst of the holiday season, the Flyers provided eight PAL children with an extra-special gift: the opportunity to watch a Flyers game from team Captain Claude Giroux’s suite as members of “Giroux’s Crew”. On December 19, 2013, kids from the Paley PAL Center in Germantown made their way down to the Wells Fargo Center to catch the orange and black in action against the Blue Jackets.
The special event, which highlighted the long-standing partnership between PAL, the Flyers and Comcast-Spectacor, kicked off in the morning with players wearing custom PAL and Philadelphia Police hats during their morning interviews.
Thanks to PAL Board member Ike Richman, Vice President of Public Relations at Comcast-Spectacor, the children were treated to the ultimate Flyers experience. Before watching the game from Giroux’s suite, the excited children in attendance took part in a special Zebra’s Care visit, in which NHL Officials spent time with them behind the scenes and discussed the game of hockey and what it’s like in the day of the life of an NHL Official. During pregame warm-ups, the Flyers players took to the ice wearing PAL and Philadelphia Police Department hats and a special PPD patch on their warm-up jerseys.
As the game started, the PAL youth in attendance took in all the exciting hockey action. Giroux even scored two goals, one to tie the game, and one for the win, in a thrilling matchup that went down to the wire. One memorable highlight included Police Officer Ernest Pollard being honored during the second period. Officer Pollard was taken to the ice where he was honored with the Virtua Health Community Teammate Award for his service and dedication to the youngsters in the Germantown Community.
PAL thanks the Flyers, Comcast-Spectacor and Ike Richman for making this wonderful evening a dream come true for the children of Paley PAL.