For the past 35 years, wives and girlfriends of Flyers players, past and present, hold a family-fun carnival to raise money for charity. While I've never been to one, this is truly a great event that shows the class of this organization and that they care about others.
Back in the 1970's, the Flyers had a defenseman named Barry Ashbee. He sustained a career ending eye injury in 1975. After signing on as an assistant coach for the team, Ashbee found out he had leukemia in 1977. The entire team was behind Barry, but he sadly passed away at age 37, just one month after his diagnosis.
Soon before Ashbee's passing, the Flyers Wives started an annual carnival; where families can go and have fun and interact with the players while also supporting a good cause. Once Ashbee died, the event took on a heartfelt focus. As the years have past, Comcast Spectacor has donated over $23 million dollars to various Philadelphia-area charities. This is so nice to see in a world full of greed.
All of the players and a lot of the staff attends the carnival as well as the charities that are being supported. The event is a day of fun including autographs and pictures from the players and alumni, games like the dunk tank (where fans can drop their favorite players into the water) and fans even get the chance to score on the teams goalie on the ice.
The Flyers Wives Fight for Lives Carnival was held yesterday, February 19th and it was an enormous success, yet again. On TV, you can see all of the players interacting with the fans and having a genuinely good time. In fact, forward Max Talbot was showing off his dance moves with some of the fans, it was quite funny.
This is truly a great event where the players and fans interact in a great environment for a great cause.
Here is a link to some of the great pictures from the day. Check it out.