New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider and his wife Jill have created a new initiative called “Cory’s Keepers” to bring New Jersey kids or veterans to a Devils game in 2015-2016.
Cory and Jill will provide community organizations with premium tickets to a home game this season as well as a Devils T-shirt and a meet and greet with Schneider following the game. To be eligible to attend the game, the children must meet certain requirements within school and the community.
Cory Schneider Launches Cory’s Keepers
The program kicked off during the game against the Florida Panthers on December 6, as 20 kids from the Hockey in Newark program watched the Devils defeat the Panthers 4-2 on that night.
Schneider said in a press release from the Devils, “My wife Jill and I are extremely excited about our new Cory’s Keepers Initiative. It was inspiring to meet-up with the kids from Hockey in Newark, many of whom I have had the opportunity to work with in the past and see first-hand all of their great work.”
For the game against the Detroit Red Wings 20 kids from the New Jersey Devils Youth Hockey club received the chance to sit behind Cory’s net and meet with him near the locker room following the exciting overtime victory. The kids were rewarded with the opportunity for their leadership, sportsmanship and volunteerism they had shown throughout the year.
In addition to Schneider’s initiative, the Devils are also launching a contest to allow fans the chance to add Martin Brodeur memorabilia to the Brodeur statue, named “The Salute”, that will be placed in Championship Plaza.
The five winners will be invited to attend the unveiling ceremony for the statue being designed by sculptor Jon Krawczyk on February 8, 2016. Krawczyk also designed the sculpture of the hockey player currently in Championship Plaza.
NEWARK, NJ – JANUARY 21: Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils is congratulated by Eric Gelinas #22 after the win over the St. Louis Blues at Prudential Center on January 21, 2014 in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the St. Louis Blues 7-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)