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Islanders at School Progam Teaches Valuable lesson for the Next Generation

It was all about inspiring others and teaching about the importance of eating healthy, education and bullying with the Islanders at School program.

Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Thomas Vanek. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Thomas Vanek. Photo by: Stacy Podelski/1495 Sports

1495 Sports was at the Seaford Harbor Elementary School visit, which featured Casey Cizikas, Matt Martin and Thomas Vanek who gave a brief background on themselves before touching on the main issues of eating right, the importance of doing your homework and how bullying can affect others.

The Islanders trio opened the floor for some very tough questions from the students at the School, and one brave young lady was able to get the back of her jersey signed.

“It is always nice to be able to get in front of a bunch of kids and talk to them about the important things,” said Martin. “Bullying, Nutrition and doing your homework, especially bullying you don’t really know when you are hurting someone and it is important to get the kids involved and let them know that you are there for them.”

When asked if the kids will take the message to heart the winger had this to say, “I think they do…I remember when I was a kid Ed Jovanoski who had a long NHL career, always took the extra time to talk to me. I really looked up to him and  that was a really big part of me wanting to give back to the kids.”

Cizikas, Martin and Vanek were not the only players who reached out to the future generation, as the entire team spread out throughout different schools in the Long Island area.

The hope is after today the leaders of tomorrow will be able to reach their dreams from learning from those who get to live out their own on a daily basis.

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