Pittsburgh Penguins “so far” Awards: The Community Service Award

Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

Moving on to our 4th “so far” award, and this time, we focus on the community. More specifically, the Pittsburgh Penguins player that has done the most for his community over the past season.

Formally known as the Edward J. DeBartolo Community Service Award, is awarded to the player who has spent the most time, money, or effort giving back to the community or through charity projects. The process to select the Pittsburgh Penguin who has done the most this year is a difficult one, due to the overabundance of support during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

During this outbreak, we have seen Penguins such as Matt Murray gave out meals and bar tabs to first responders. Kris Letang and Evgeni Malkin give out extremely charitable donations, and the latest to hit the news was Sidney Crosby’s donation of 100,000 meals to the local food bank.

The list is endless in this award category, and you really can’t go wrong. After all, there’s not a selfish competition for who can hand out the most, but more of just overwhelming selfless support during a time of need. But for the sake of handing out an award, we throw on our Penguins ownership cap and present Sidney Crosby with the Pens Labyrinth “so far” award.

Pittsburgh Penguins “so far” Awards: The Community Service Award.

Going back to what was earlier said about Sid and his 100,000 meal donation, that roughly equates to just around 120,000 pounds of food. That food was then distributed across an 11 county service area in southwestern Pennsylvania.

That donation in itself is an incredibly selfless give, but Crosby also gave back in another way. At the very beginning of this outbreak, he led the charge for the Pittsburgh Penguins to keep the PPG Paints Arena employees paid in full. Crosby, the Penguins Foundation, and the Mario Lemieux Foundation made sure that the heart of the Penguins was taken care of.

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Sidney Crosby continues to show his love for the city and the people of Pittsburgh both on and off the frozen waters, and it makes him a natural front runner for this award. He wins our nomination for the award, and if he wins the real one, he will dethrone Murray, who has been overly giving over the past two years. It’s great to see the city, team, and players all work as one once more.