The Toronto Maple Leafs organization has long valued community and charity efforts. And while players can change the outcome of a game on the ice, off the ice they can change lives.
I’ve seen it happen.
Just a few weeks have passed since the Leafs annual visit to Sick Kids Hospital and my heart is still warmed by the smiles, high fives, and all around happiness that the players brought to those fighting the toughest of battles.
I’ve had the privilege to be a part of many events including rink refurbishments by the MLSE Foundation, Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners hosted for those in need, and each and every game I get to meet some of the charity and community groups that are invited to the ACC by the players.
While the Leafs community involvement well dates my days with the team, my most memorable moments as part of the organization live in those events out in the community.
An event that the Leafs have been a part of for decades is the Toronto Maple Leafs Skate for Easter Seals Kids. This January 5th, 2014 will mark the 36th annual and with over $5.3 million raised for Easter Seals Ontario it has made a distinct impact on kid’s with physical disabilities. Like years past Leafs and Leafs Alumni will lace ‘em up with sharpies in hand and skate around signing autographs and taking photos with those who have raised money in support of Easter Seals Ontario. If you want to be a part of this amazing event register here: http://eastersealsskate.org
Today’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to sometime in the 1960′s and showcases two Easter Seals Kids with NHL strongman and Leafs defenceman Tim Horton. While the annual skate would follow years later, players including Tim took part in various community activities throughout their seasons with the team. As mentioned in a previous Throwback Thursday , on top of their appearances the Leafs hold signing days every year to autograph merchandise to raise money for various community organizations.
Leafs visit Sick Kids Hospital: