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
I.C. Light Hometown Hero
The Penguins and Pittsburgh Brewing 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 as a thank you for their tremendous service.
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 selected Veterans. 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 2016.17 season
Military members are acknowledged during the 2nd Intermission of each Penguins home game with a welcome displayed on the videoboard and an accompanying public address announcement.
Miles biked for Veterans from Pittsburgh to Washington D.C.
Veterans Leadership Program
The Penguins Foundation presented a $5,000 check to the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania on June 30, 2017 prior to bicyclists departing on the 335 mile trek to D.C. The donation was part of a friendly wager between County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, Mayor William Peduto and Nashville's Metro Mayor Megan Barry during the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.
Raised through the auction of special camouflage jerseys.
Camouflage Jersey Auction
Each season, the Pittsburgh Penguins select one game to wear unique camouflage jerseys. During the 2016.17 season, the team wore these special jerseys during warm-ups prior to the game on November 10. The jerseys were then autographed and auctioned online to raise money for the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania.
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