When they're not scoring goals, the New York Rangers are making dreams come true for kids and fans alike with the help of the Garden of Dreams foundation. NY1's Shelley Goldberg filed the following report.
The New York Rangers recently took a break from hitting hockey pucks to hit the casino tables to raise money for the Garden of Dreams Foundation.
The nonprofit creates thousands of once-in-a-lifetime experiences for kids facing extreme difficulties.
"We try to just help a lot of kids in the area that face obstacles in life," said Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. "It can be anything. Skate with us up at the rink. We go to museums. We go to shows. It's just about having fun and about giving them some inspiration. It also gives us perspective in life, so it gives me a lot as well."
While the Blueshirts were helping raise money for thousands of kids, they also wanted kids to know the best way they can help themselves on a day-to-day basis is to stay active and healthy.
How do these athletes do it when they're off the ice?
"When it's not hockey, I love to play tennis," Lundqvist said. "The more tennis I play, the better I get, and the more fun it is, too."
"Maybe walk a little bit to places instead of taking a cab or getting a ride, or hop on your bike once in a while," said Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi. "Do it old school. Go on your bike. Go for a ride."
"We try to mix it up," said Rangers forward Brad Richards. "We play tennis, some basketball sometimes to try to take your mind off doing the same thing all the time and just have some fun doing some other activities."
"You have to try to stay active," said Rangers captain Ryan Callahan. "You have to watch what you're eating. Every day, you have to get out there and at least do something, whether it's playing tennis, going for a walk even. Just get the body moving."
Callahan says getting your body moving is just one part of getting healthy. It's also about what you eat.
"You always want to stay away from the sugars and the soda and things like that," Callahan says. Obviously, protein's good, the chickens. You have to make sure it's grilled chicken, not fried chicken. At the same time, you can have those foods. It just has to be in moderation and in control. And if you do that, you can enjoy them and at the same time, you'll stay healthy.
For more information on Garden of Dreams, check out gardenofdreamsfoundation.org.