Hockey Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine and his Companions in Courage charity along with the National Hockey League, and the National Hockey League Players’ Association unveiled the brand new state-of-the-art “NHL Legacy Classroom” at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital as part of the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend.
The classroom that features a SMART Board and a SMART Table (tools that enable students and teachers to connect to schools via video conferencing) stimulate collaboration among student patients at the hospital. Both the SMART Board and the SMART Table were provided to the hospital by SMART Technologies.
Cicso Systems (presenting sponsor of the North Carolina Children’s Hospital “NHL Legacy Classroom”) has also included the online conferencing system known as WebEx. WebEx allows for patients to stay connected with their family, friends, and teachers from anywhere in the world. Not only will it engage the students in learning; but during the after school hours it will have interactive games and activities for patients. The room will give a much appreciated break from the long hours of waiting in the hospital rooms.
“The NHL and Cisco Systems have partnered with us for another memorable All Star legacy gift to children from all across North Carolina. “I am very proud to support this ‘NHL Legacy Classroom,’ which is a wonderful addition to N.C. Children’s Hospital. As players, we try our best to give back to the areas in which we live in, and this continues the tradition of players making an impact in the communities that have hosted All-Star Weekend,” said Carolina Hurricanes All-Star goaltender Cam Ward, who was also on hand for today’s unveiling.
The Legacy Rooms were originally founded by LaFontaine and the Companions in Courage Foundation. Since the start the Foundation has opened 11 Lion’s Den rooms throughout North America, two of which in partnership with the NHL in Montreal and in Boston. During the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic plans were unveiled for a room in Pittsburgh to commemorate the outdoor game.
“NHL Legacy Rooms in Montreal and Boston have already made a tremendous
difference in the lives of those patients and their families,” said
LaFontaine. “We are so proud to be working with the NHL and its partners to
connect the patients at N.C. Children’s Hospital to their schools, friends
and heroes for years to come.”
About 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend:
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover will mark the first time
Carolina has hosted NHL All-Star activities. The excitement begins today
Friday, Jan. 28 with the NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco
and televised live nationwide on TSN and RDS in Canada and VERSUS in the
U.S. at 8 p.m. ET from NHL Fan Fair™ at the Raleigh Convention Center .
On Saturday, Jan. 29, the players will take the ice in the Honda NHL
SuperSkills® at the RBC Center. The League’s mid-season spectacular
concludes with the 58th NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at the RBC
Center on Sunday, Jan. 30. Live television coverage of both nights will be
provided by VERSUS in the U.S. and CBC and RDS in Canada, with the Honda
NHL SuperSkills at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday.
The 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. Fans throughout the Triangle and beyond are encouraged to take part in the festivities at NHL Fan Fair™, a three-day fan festival at the Raleigh Convention Center, January 28-30.