Today was one of those days that pretty much rocked. Why?
I'm not sure if you know this, but the Penguins organization is pretty much awesome. Every year they host an open practice and invite local schools to come, watch them practice. They don't just do that though. They teach them about teamwork, healthful habits, practice being the key to success, studying hard in school. They talk about where the players went to college, and the players themselves talk about how it's important to be skilled in something so that if one day, they can't play hockey, they have the ability to work elsewhere if need be. (Ask my husband who used to work with Troy Loney. TROY LONEY. who when he met him was like, "oh you YOU are the Rob *****")
They show the kids practice drills and how to set up faceoffs and power plays. And seriously, it's not just a few players, it's the whole team. Sidney Crosby smiles and laughs as all the kids are cheering "Crosby, Crosby, Crosby!!" They throw pucks and tshirts to the kids. Sometimes they hand sticks over the glass. 10,000 kids, all getting to see their heroes, for free, every year. Some of these kids may Never set foot in Consol Energy Center except for this day.
You can't tell me that doesn't rock just a little. Even if you despise Pittsburgh and our sports teams, come on. That truly rocks.
Thanks goes out to the Pittsburgh Penguins for their generosity. I can tell you, my kids will talk about this for the rest of the year.