Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma smiles for the camera before a Penguins game against the Los Angeles Kings. Throughout the lockout, Bylsma and the Penguins organization have participated in multiple charity events.

Throughout lockout, Penguins still contribute to charity

To the Pittsburgh Penguins, no hockey doesn’t mean an excuse to take a break. Players are still practicing and doing their best to end the lockout, while the organization and its staff still do their best to contribute to charities.

A week ago, Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma and other members of the Pittsburgh Penguins staff participated in a cardiovascular walk benefiting the American Heart Association called the Heart Walk.

The organization also announced Nov. 9 the successful launch of their new program called PensFIT which benefits local youth by providing them with hockey gear. The Penguins Foundation is not only contributing the equipment but teacher workbooks and opportunities for local area physical education teachers to attend seminars at the Consol Energy Center taught by coaching staff and former players.

PensFIT is a three-year program which aims to get more youth into the sport of hockey in the Pittsburgh area. The organization also has another program headed by Sidney Crosby called Little Penguins which provides 1,000 youth with hockey gear and lessons for free. The only fee incurred pays for the ice team the kids will have. The program is aimed at youth ages 4-8.

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