Kings in the Community
By Max Donner / Special to LAKings.com
Not everyone stayed indoors during last week’s hurricane intensity windstorms around Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Kings hockey team joined hundreds of fans at the LA LIVE outdoor rink downtown for the first Annual LA Kings Holiday Skating Party. Luc Robitaille, the LA Kings President of Business Operations, observed that the howling winds and icy air brought a little bit of Canada to Los Angeles. This ultimate experience on the ice arrived just in time for Saturday’s contest against the Montreal Canadiens.
While Montreal won the game, 2-1, everyone was a winner as the Kings continued their innovating charity fundraising programs. Holiday ornaments autographed by Jonathan Quick and Simon Gagne went on sale at the game to raise funds for local charities. They sold out, but there is more to come.
Jack Johnson and Drew Doughty autographed ornaments will be available on December 8 and Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards autographed ornaments will be available on December 10. The Holiday Ornament fundraiser will conclude on December 22 when the Kings host the Anaheim Ducks.
The LA Kings’ charity programs are admired by sports journalists across the USA. The Kings Care Foundation has honored our profession by establishing the “Michael Jund Sports Media Scholarship Award.” Each year, it supports further education for talented applicants who demonstrate great promise as sports journalists.
The Kings Care Foundation helps other worthy charities, including Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Child Abuse Prevention Center.
The LA Kings’ “Season of Giving” efforts are getting a strong assist from the return of the Los Angeles Lakers to STAPLES Center. The STAPLES Center Foundation is partnering with both the Kings and the Lakers to help others in the Los Angeles and athletic communities. The Lakers will play the Los Angeles Clippers at STAPLES Center in two pre-season games December 19 and 21 and open their “shorter, faster, stronger” NBA season on Christmas Day.
You and your guests have the entire month of December to participate in these community programs. The Los Angeles Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE invites you to skate and learn about a new way to help local charities every day. The rink is currently open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays and 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. From December 19 until January 5, the rink will welcome skaters from Noon to 11 p.m.
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