Islanders spark interest in teamwork in West Hempstead


The West Hempstead Union Free School District’s Chestnut Street School was treated to a special visit from New York Islander’s mascot Sparky the Dragon on Jan. 3.

The Islanders-sponsored school assembly program focused on teamwork as a special lesson for the kindergarten students. The event opened with videos showcasing the Islanders and their community service effort, which Islanders Community Events Tour member Dina Tsiorvas followed by introducing Sparky. Tsiorvas and Sparky engaged the students in lessons on working together and being valuable members of the school and community. Members of the Islanders organization also shared tips and pointers on the action-packed sport.

Following the presentations, students took part in a teamwork activity where groups were tasked with dressing an individual in hockey gear. At the conclusion, each student was sent home with an Islanders fan pack.

The ICE Tour is an interactive NHL theme park geared towards younger fans. This grassroots marketing campaign goes out to local schools, community festivals, hockey rinks, local charity events and other similar functions throughout the course of the year, which brings the Islanders into various neighborhoods.

The goal of the ICE Tour is to keep Long Islanders thinking about the game of hockey all year long.

Chestnut Principal Faith Tripp and all of Chestnut Street thanked Sparky and the ICE team for educating the students on teamwork.

Compiled by Nakeem Grant