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Predators and the Community



Greetings all!  I'm from Ohio (and therefore a Blue Jackets fan [and that's the only mention they'll get in this post]), but this past summer, I had the opportunity to work in Nashville.  I was a worker at a Christian youth camp at Belmont University, and we took high school students from all over the country into the Nashville community to help with a number of things: construction and repair, assisting summer children's programs at community centers, serving at food pantries, singing at nursing homes, etc. 

One of things I got to do was work in a couple of the community centers with inner-city kids.  Two of them specifically, CE Macgruber Center, and Watkins Park Community Center, were impacted very strongly by the Predators organization this summer.  Children at both of these places were taken to the Preds practice facility, given tours, and were allowed to skate around some.  I saw pictures of some of the kids on the ice with people in Preds gear (I don't know if they were players, but the kids were obviously very excited about it), and the Predators donated a bunch of drawstring backpacks to them (they gave me one too even though I didn't get to go on their field trip!).

The building at Watkins Park CC is also heavily influenced by the Predators, including a big logo painted on the office wall.  They have many roller skates there, and often turned their gym into a skate park.  A few of the younger kids who were scared of skating were convinced to pretend that they were Predators players and turned out to enjoy it very much.

Basically, this post is to say that I really admire the impact that Nashville's franchise has on the community, especially the less privileged parts.  I'll still be rooting against you when you come to Columbus, but it was very nice to see firsthand how hockey is helping to bridge a cultural gap in a community in need of help.

This FanPost was written by an OTF reader, and does not represent the views of the editorial staff. Got something you'd like to share? <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/admin/entries/new?community_id=208&entry_type=FanPost" target="new">Post your own</a>!

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