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Community Efforts

Program Overview

Outside of our most common programs, the Penguins Foundation has a number of additional initiatives to ensure our reach is expanding and in an effort to help those in need.


Charitable organizations have enjoyed Penguins hockey in a luxury suite

Crosby & Malkin Charity Suites

Since 2008, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have each purchased a luxury suite for local youth to enjoy the excitement of Penguins hockey. During the 2016-17 season, each player hosted over 25 different charitable organizations in his suite - each with an emphasis on children who are coping with difficult health issues, economic or family challenges. Suite guests all received a special gift from their host player along with a visit from team mascot Iceburgh.


Pounds of food collected and donated since 1992

Food Collection

The Penguins annual food drive began in 1992 and has generated more than 37,000 pounds of food and over $35,000. All proceeds benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.


Tickets donated to area youth since the 2010-11 season

Free Game For Kids

A team tradition since 2010, the Pittsburgh Penguins Free Game for Kids program gives our youngest fans an opportunity to attend a pre-season game at PPG Paints Arena. Over 18,000 tickets are distributed each season to local children’s charities and youth hockey organizations. Since the program’s inception through the 2016-17 season, 126,000 tickets have been provided to children and their parents, guardians or chaperones to share in the excitement of Penguins hockey.


Dollar amount awarded to 2 student university organizations through Pens4Purpose


Each fall, Pens4Purpose, a social media contest, challenges local colleges and universities to show how they are making a difference in their communities. Launched in 2015, the winning student organizations receive a monetary donation from the Penguins Foundation to gift to the cause that they support.

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Programs for Helping
  • Testimonials

    “The Women’s Cancer Research Center at Magee is extremely proud to partner with the Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni Association in support of breast cancer research. Funds raised through the golf outing and Skate with the Greats are used to perform cutting-edge research into personalized therapies for women with this devastating disease. These donations are critical to our success in beating this disease and we are grateful to the Penguins for their support.”

    Adrian V. Lee, PhD, Director
    Magee-Womens Research Institute
  • Testimonials

    “We are grateful to the Penguins Foundation and the Penguins players for their belief in the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. The cash donations directly support our one to one mentoring program. Additionally, the ability for our Bigs and Littles to attend games courtesy of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in their charity suites provided an amazing opportunity for the children we serve.”

    Jan Glick, CEO
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh