In addition to creating good hockey players, PAL Hockey strives to help our players become good citizens. Toward that end, our organization has all of our teams select a community service project for all their players to participate in. Through doing for others, our players learn valuable life lessons that will serve them well in their years to come. See below for a description of each team's project for the 2018-2019 season as well as links to pictures.
8U GOLD AAA JR ISLANDERS - The PAL 8U Gold AAA Jr Islanders team worked with Kids United Against Hunger. Kids United Against Hunger is a Long Island Cares project funded by United Way of Long Island that helps teach kids about hunger and provides them with the opportunity to volunteer at The Harry Chapin Food Bank in Hauppauge, New York.
Our players attended a 3 hour program in Hauppauge, NY on October 13, 2018. While they were there they did the following:
- A Hunger 101workshop, which teaches the children about hunger, raising their awareness and understanding of hunger on Long Island and its many causes.
- An orientation to Long Island Cares and how our organization works to help food and supplies reach people in need.
- A community service project, in which the children join in a group food sorting activity. This includes sorting food, personal care items, household supplies, pet food and school supplies for distribution to Long Island Cares’ network of 580 community-based member agencies.
For more information on the Kids United Against Hunger project, contact Christine Brown at
or 631-582-3663 x 120.
8U SILVER AA PAL - The team gathered supplies for the Ronald McDonald Family Room at Stony Brook Hospital in the month of November! On November 20th a representative from the Ronald McDonald House picked up all the supplies they received at the Rinx in Hauppauge, NY...PHOTO
8U SILVER AA SOUND TIGERS - The team held a drive in the month of October to collect winter coats and clothing; and donated them to the Salvation Army...PHOTO
10U AAA MINOR JR ISLANDERS - September was Pediatric Cancer Awareness month and the PAL 10U AAA Minor Jr Islanders team raised $387 to support the Whip Pediatric Cancer Charity...PHOTO
In August of 2016 Whip Pediatric Cancer launched the HEART OF GOLD program which asked students to get involved in fundraising for pediatric cancer research. In 2016, Whip Pediatric Cancer sent out 500,000 HOLD paper hearts to 971 schools around the country.
For more information about Whip please visit whippediatriccancer.org
10U AAA MAJOR JR ISLANDERS - TBD
10U AA PAL - On November 17, 2018 the 10U AA team raised money for the LI Roughriders sled hockey team, an organization made up of 51 physically and/or mentally disabled athletes who participate in a wonderful sport called sled hockey. By completing a used clothing collection drive at the Rinx in Hauppauge, NY the players collected over 180 bags and boxes raising $500 to donate. On December 22, 2018 the players visited the LI Roughriders and scrimmaged at their practice at the outdoor rink in Syosset, NY and presented them with a check that goes directly to this wonderful organization that gives directly to the players...PHOTO
10U AA SOUND TIGERS - The team spent a night working at the John Theissen Foundation in Wantagh to help sort toy drive gift donations and fulfill holiday wishlists for sick and underprivileged children. Each player also brought a toy to add to the donations. It was a fantastic opportunity for the boys to learn about and help this very special and amazing organization...PHOTO
10U A PAL - The team collected gently used sports equipment in the month of November for the United Heroes League. United Heroes League empowers military families to stay healthy and active by battling the financial burden associated with playing sports. The players dropped off all the equipment at the Army National Guard Facility on November 14th…PHOTO
10U A SOUND TIGERS - In the month of February the 10U A Sound Tigers collected books to donate to The Book Fairies. The Book Fairies is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that collects reading materials for people in need throughout metropolitan New York. The reading materials foster literacy and academic success, provide a respite from personal struggles, and nurture a love of reading across age groups...PHOTO
12U AAA MINOR JR ISLANDERS - The team completed their community service on October 28th. They visited with the LI Roughriders sled hockey team and scrimmaged them at Bethpage Ice Rink. The players were able to meet and speak with the coaches, players and parents of the Roughriders and learn a little about their handicaps and how hockey is a fantastic outlet for them. The Jr Islanders team had a very difficult time navigating the sleds and were totally amazed at how skilled the Roughriders were. It was very humbling and rewarding for our boys (and parents) and they were able to donate $500 to the Roughriders. The Roughriders couldn’t have been more gracious and welcoming and have invited us back anytime we would like to visit. They are truly a remarkable group of people...PHOTO
12U AAA MAJOR JR ISLANDERS - The team raised $1218.01 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS) Light The Night Walk to help support the research of blood cancer treatments that save lives. Players walked on Saturday October 20th at Eisenhower Park to help raise awareness...PHOTO
Without your efforts LLS could not fund the research of such treatments as targeted therapies that zero in on cancer cells and kill them or immunotherapy drugs that use a patient's own immune system to kill cancer.
Participation in the Light The Night Walk will save lives not someday, but today. Thank you for bringing us all closer to living in a world without blood cancers!
12U AA PAL - The team raised $1900.00 selling holiday wreaths to benefit the Lee & Aidan McMahon Foundation. The Lee & Aidan McMahon Foundation was founded by the McMahon brothers, Michael, Joseph and Thomas, in loving memory of their mother Lee McMahon, who passed away from brain cancer in 1999 and Aidan McMahon, beloved son of Joseph, who passed away in 2002 at 13 months of age from biliary atresia, and complications from liver disease. All money raised benefit the following charities, American Liver Foundation and Hospice Care Network...PHOTO
12U AA SOUND TIGERS – The PAL 12U AA Sound Tigers collected used sporting equipment at Iceworks in Syosset the entire month of October...PHOTO
All equipment was delivered to 2nd Chance Sports, a non-profit organization that donates gently used and new sporting equipment to children in need throughout the New York area, including areas that were affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Kids grow up fast - and they outgrow their sports equipment, often-times yearly. Much of this equipment is still in great condition and has lots of years left in it. So instead of letting these items clutter your home and garage, donate your sports equipment to kids who cannot afford them.
"STARTED BY KIDS" FOR KIDS - President Anthony Sica invites you to check out their organization at http://www.2ndchancesports.org/index.html and join their effort to provide sports to needy children. Help improve the lives of children in need...one ball and one child at a time!
12U A PAL - The team walked at the annual JDRF One Walk at Heckscher State park on October 21st and raised $2075.00 to help end type 1 diabetes (T1D)…PHOTO
When you have T1D, your body stops producing insulin—a hormone essential to turning food into energy. Managing the disease is a constant struggle that involves monitoring your blood-sugar level, administering insulin, and carefully balancing these insulin doses with your eating and activity just to stay alive. With T1D there are no days off and there is no cure. But there is hope…https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR;jsessionid=00000000.app363b?team_id=273992&pg=team&fr_id=7487&et=TENe7R65pW5572cMlKEscw&NONCE_TOKEN=06D2B39B65387C08454449F1931146BF
12U A SOUND TIGERS - The team collected unwrapped Toys and Amazon gift cards for the children at Cohen's Children's hospital for the Holiday season. All the items were donated to the Children’s Hospital the first weekend in December...PHOTO
14U AAA MINOR JR ISLANDERS - The 14U AAA minor team hosted a Night on the Ice for AHRC of Long Island to come down to Northwell Ice Center to have a lesson with the players...PHOTO
14U AAA MAJOR JR ISLANDERS - TBD
14U AA PAL - The PAL14U AA team volunteered their time this year with Coca-Cola Company handing out beverages to all participants at the 2018 Autism walk at Jones Beach on October 14th...PHOTO
Autism Speaks Walk is powered by the love of parents, grandparents, siblings, friends, relatives and support providers for people with autism. With every step you take and every dollar you raise, you help enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow.
Event Details: Our strength as a community is powered by love and built on the commitment of individuals like you. Start a team, join a team or come on your own. Walk and fundraise together to enhance the lives of people living with autism… http://act.autismspeaks.org/site/TR/Walk/LongIsland?fr_id=3868&pg=entry
14U AA SOUND TIGERS - The team partnered with Long Island Cares in the month of November to help families on Long Island this holiday season. The team shopped together with their coaches for supplies and donated 20 holiday fixings grocery bags to Long Island families in need...PHOTO
14U A PAL - The team worked with the Suffolk County Sheriff's office in the month of November to help collect food for those truly in need. They collected food that was distributed to families in Suffolk County for Thanksgiving!...PHOTO
15U AAA JR ISLANDERS - The team volunteered their time this year with Paws of War organization. On September 30, 2018 they worked with PAWS OF WAR to move their offices to a brand-new location. Paws of War train and place shelter dogs to serve and provide independence to our US military veterans that suffer from the emotional effects of war. In turn, each veteran can experience the therapeutic and unconditional love only a companion animal can bring. There is no cost to a Veteran for the service dogs…PHOTO
16U AAA JR ISLANDERS – TBD
18U AAA JR ISLANDERS – TBD