YMCA Healthy Kids Day

On Saturday, Devil Dawg joined the Capital District YMCA to help celebrate Healthy Kids Day! Though the event took place at YMCA locations around the country, Devil Dawg traveled to the East Greenbush YMCA to help with the event. The day is designed to show kids the importance of staying active and healthy…not to mention how fun it can be! Devil Dawg joined in a game of tennis and showed off his hoop skills in a game of basketball. Of course he also made sure there was plenty of time for hugs, high fives and pictures. He also signed autographs for some of his biggest fans! All in all, the day was a huge success and Devil Dawg is eagerly anticipating next years festivities!!!

The Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center

The Albany Devils recently paid a visit to The Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center to try and brighten the days of some of the young patients that were being treated there. Devils players Matt Anderson, Mike Hoeffel and Dan Kelly joined Devil’s mascot Devil Dawg as they made their way to each room to talk with the kids, take pictures and sign autographs. 

The players also spent time with the doctors, nurses and hospital staff that help make the Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center such a great place where literally lives are saved every day. 

From the smiles on the kids, you could tell that they loved having the players there. From the smiles on the players you could tell that they felt lucky to be able to be a part of such a wonderful visit. And from the smile on Devil Dawg’s face…well, he’s ALWAYS smiling! What a great day!

Fitness Club at the Troy Boys and Girls Club

Devils forwards Steve Zalewski and Mike Hoeffel visited the Troy Boys and Girls Club and took part in their Fitness Club. The club helps emphasize the importance of exercising and eating right to lead happy healthy lives. And who better to talk to the kids about those very things than two professional athletes. Both Hoeffel and Zalewski told the kids how important it is to stay in shape and eat healthy and how that has helped them reach the professional levels. After speaking with the kids, they both helped in group stretch before the kids began their class. Both the kids and the players enjoyed their time together at Fitness Club and at the Boys and Girls Club of Troy!

Mascot Mayhem

Devil Dawg hit the ice for Mascot Mayhem at the Empire State Plaza’s outdoor rink. He got a chance to skate with some of his closest mascot friends and interact with some experienced, and some not so experienced skaters. Devil Dawg even spent time helping to teach one novice how to skate. It was a great time for all of the skaters, and all of the mascots, at the Empire State Plaza!

On Sunday morning at UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena, Devil Dawg took part in the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Muscle Walk. The walk helped raise over $60,000 for the MDA and brought out people (and furry red mascots) from all over the Capital District to help support a great cause. 

Devil Dawg got to spend time with friends, and make some new ones, as he helped kick things off. He took part in the Zumba warm-up, showing off some pretty impressive moves. He was ready to go for the walk, high fiving everyone as they began. He even helped out at the check-in table. It was a great event, for a great cause, and was a great time! 

For more information on MDA and how you can help, visit www.mda.org.