For the second year in a row, and as part of its ongoing commitment to Puerto Rico, JetBlue recently sponsored hockey clinics by the Florida Panthers professional hockey team at the Boys and Girls Club, Las Margaritas, in San Juan.
Approximately 130 children ages five to 12 took part in a street hockey clinic at the Boys and Girls Club, which will receive a street hockey equipment package from the Panthers, the company said.
“We’re delighted to once more be a part of the Boys & Girls’ Clubs family and offer the children the opportunity to learn a new skill and practice it,” said Janid Ortiz, manager, regional marketing, Latin America & Caribbean for JetBlue. “As part of our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico, we strive to get involved with community organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club, which is focused on children’s education and well-being.”
The visit featured Panthers defenseman and 2010 No. 3 pick Erik Gudbranson, Cats alumni and broadcasters Randy Moller and Bill Lindsay and Stanley C. Panther (the team’s mascot). Gudbranson, Panthers staff and JetBlue also visited San Jorge Children’s Hospital where they handed out goody bags and visited the children.
“We’re so thrilled to once again have this exciting opportunity to spread the great sport of hockey to the fans, people and kids of Puerto Rico for the second year in a row,” said Michael Yormark, president of Sunrise Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns and manages the Florida Panthers.
“Last year’s event was a great success, and thanks to our innovative partnership with JetBlue, we look forward to returning to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico and continuing our efforts towards community outreach by extending our activities to a second day,” he said.