The Penguins Foundation proudly supports our military veterans and honors their service to our country through various initiatives in an effort to thank them for their sacrifices for our freedom.
Hometown Heroes honored on the ice prior to the National Anthem each season
Trib Total Media Hometown Hero
The Penguins and Trib Total Media teamed up to recognize members of the military through our Hometown Hero program. This program honors military members on the ice at Penguins home games prior to the National Anthem with a formal welcome by the announcer met with a roar from the crowd.
Military guests invited to take part in the team’s Veterans Day tradition
Veterans at Practice
The Penguins host military guests annually as part of the team’s Veterans Day tradition, which shares a gameday practice with veterans from the Wounded Warrior Project and World War II. Each veteran also receives a customized Penguins jersey, lunch in Suite 66 and a meet & greet with Penguins players.
Veterans were recognized in-arena during the 2015-16 season
Military members are acknowledged during the 2nd Period of each Penguins home game with a welcome displayed on the videoboard and an accompanying public address announcement.
Military guests experienced a ride on a Zamboni during a Penguins home game since the program's inception
Military Zamboni Rides
The Penguins, in partnership with ATI, provided military veterans a once-in-a-lifetime experience to ride one of the Zambonis during pre-game or between periods during each Penguins home game through the 2015-16 season.
Donated to Operation Troop Appreciation’s Welcome Home Program
Power Play Pledge
CONSOL Energy and the Penguins teamed up to support Operation Troop Appreciation’s Welcome Home Program. In honor of their 150th Anniversary, CONSOL Energy donated $150 for every power play goal scored by the Penguins. The Penguins matched that amount and in April 2015 made a combined donation of $20,000 to OTA. The Welcome Home Program is a veteran-support fund that helps to fill a gap in the lives of our returning military personnel
Raised through the auction of the special camouflage jerseys.
Camouflage Jersey Auction
Each season, the Pittsburgh Penguins select one game to wear unique camouflage jerseys. During the 2015-16 season, the team wore these special jerseys during warm-ups prior to the game vs. Montreal on November 11, 2015. The jerseys were then autographed and auctioned online to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Mario Lemieux Foundation’s Austin’s Military Playroom project.
Show Your Support
We can never show enough support for the veterans who have served our country. If you are interested in making a donation or have an idea on how we can help, let us know!
“The partnership the Penguins established with GovX has made attending games more financially accessible to both the military and Veteran communities. The Penguins continue to recognize the value of military and Veteran service through its partnerships with nonprofits like Hockey Saves, Wounded Warrior Project and The Mission Continues. As a Veteran, I am grateful to the Penguins organization for its continued support of our military and Veterans and look forward to their continued support moving forward.”Andrew Brennan, Former Army Captain