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Islanders Donate $50,000 To Elmont School District

ELMONT, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: New York Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello, co-owner Jon Ledecky, coach Barry Trotz and Islanders players captain Anders Lee and goaltender Thomas Greiss take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Islanders new hockey arena at Belmont Park on September 23, 2019 in Elmont, New York. The $1.3 billion facility, which will seat 19,000 and include shops, restaurants and a hotel, is expected to be completed in time for the 2021-2022 hockey season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 23: New York Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello, co-owner Jon Ledecky, coach Barry Trotz and Islanders players captain Anders Lee and goaltender Thomas Greiss take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Islanders new hockey arena at Belmont Park on September 23, 2019 in Elmont, New York. The $1.3 billion facility, which will seat 19,000 and include shops, restaurants and a hotel, is expected to be completed in time for the 2021-2022 hockey season. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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Last week, the New York Islanders donated $50,000 to help the Elmont School district with their remote learning initiative.

To anyone who even casually follows the New York Islanders this should come as no surprise. To their credit, they’ve been a very charitable organization and one that has been very involved in the Long Island community.

Last week, the Islanders got involved with their new community in Elmont and donated $50,000 to help with the district’s remote learning initiative. The district will now be able to provide secure WiFi to students in need.

Honestly, this is a great move for the Islanders. Education is important, and being able to help out in the community that you will call home next year, and beyond is a wise and ethical decision from the Islanders leadership.

I can’t help but find it slightly ironic though. I wonder how the people protesting the Islanders joining their community feel now after they received assistance from the team. It was deemed “too dangerous” by some protests in Elmont and Floral Park to have the team call Elmont home.

So just to recap, the project has created 12,300 construction jobs, 3,100 permanent jobs, it will yield a brand new full-service train station, and now the team is helping out in the local community on top of it.

I know I’m biased here, but come on that sounds like a great deal to me. I’d be thrilled if I was a resident of Elmont or Floral Park.

If you haven’t been able to drive past UBS Arena recently, the progress they’ve done is amazing. I drive past on my commute and it’s truly something to see, I can’t express that enough to those who maybe don’t have the chance to see it that often.

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It’s a mutually beneficial scenario for the Islanders, and they realize that. I hope and expect, the team to continue their efforts in the community over the years just like what we saw with this WiFi initiative.

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