The best organization in sports is the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Tuesday morning I got a text during my Student Ministry Team meetings from The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. “How confident are you that you can paint Kris Letang?” (0 experience ever painting Kris Letang). “Confident” I told them. “Good, Are you free on Saturday?” (Here is some artistic advice: Whenever the Pittsburgh Penguins ask you if you are free on a certain date, become free on that certain date.)
This past Saturday I walked into the suite I was painting at. I put my stuff to the side and sat around looking at the empty arena. Sarah, my incredibly attractive better half, sat at the bar and took a college final. As game time rolled around and things were getting set up, Pittsburgh Steelers Owner, Art Rooney II walked in. I had realized I’d better bring my A game.
What I had come to find out is that this suite was part of Play It Forward Pittsburgh and Jameson’s Army at PPG Paints Arena. Jameson, is a 6 year old boy who was born with a heart condition known as Hypo plastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS). Jameson underwent 6 Open Heart Surgeries as well as receving a heart transplant at just 11 months old. The Pittsburgh Penguins were honoring Jameson’s bravery and toughness during these early years of his life.
I got to talk to Jameson for a little bit at the game. He’s the happiest kid you would ever meet. He got to come onto the ice as 28,000 fans applauded him and got to ride the zamboni during the second intermission. The little dude is awesome.
I asked for some help on my painting the other night. Troy and Theodora Polamalu’s two boys were in the suite with Sarah and I, so they got to throw some paint around with me. And I had also asked Jameson if he would do the same and put his hand print next to mine.
I am very blessed to know the awesome people at the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. Through them I have been able to meet some of the most generous donors and charities in the Pittsburgh area.
I get to see the best parts of this city night in and night out.
Praise be to God for these opportunities.
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