Over 500 people attended and raised over $200,000 to support the Junior Rangers Sled Hockey program on Tuesday February 9th, 2016, at the Winter Village at Bryant Park in New York City, from 6pm to 9pm.
35 of 43 Junior Rangers were present at the event and it was an amazing experience for the kids to skate in the middle of the skyscrapers of New York and see the outpouring of people who came just to see them. Special Guest Mark Messier skated for 45 minutes in a sled with the kids, all while they were giving him pointers about how to hold his sticks, how to transition to hit the puck, how to skate fast and to stop.
It was an incredible scene to watch 10-year old kids with disabilities taking 6-time Stanley Cup Hall-of-Famer Mark Messier to school. Despite being under the weather, Mark couldn’t have been more generous or gracious with his time, posing to take pictures with anyone who asked, and talking with all the kids, families, and guests. A true champion.
This fundraiser helps to continue to provide opportunities for physically disabled kids in New York City and has been instrumental in helping us in growing the program from 8 kids to 43. It also allows us to make it free for all athletes and families that want to participate.
The link below shows 3 videos (if you watch, be sure to hit the “full screen” button)
- The first is the video shown at the event, produced by my good friend Joe Quint.
- The second is the ABC News piece from the event, including a short interview with Mark Messier.
- The third is a great recap that shows videos of messier skating as well as some of the photos.
The button on the bottom left is a link to the photos from the event taken by our photographer, Matt Petosa.
Wheelchair Sports Federation would like to give a special thanks to our corporate sponsors for helping to make Breakaway 2016 possible:
Platinum: Pine River, Bank of America, Glenview Capital Management
Silver: Citi, Goldman Sachs, J.P. Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Prime Finance, Wells Fargo
Bronze: Barclays, Covepoint, Douglas Elliman Property Management, Credit Suisse, Interactive Mortgage Advisers, Natixis, Orrick, Pinehouse Capital, Structured Portfolio Management, Canadian Association of New York, Deutsche Bank, and BNP Paribas, Equity Commonwealth, and Nomura.