2017 NHL All-Star Legacy Project
On Friday, January 27th, the National Hockey League (NHL) and Los Angeles Kings unveiled state-of-the-art renovations to our Crenshaw Family YMCA as part of the 2017 NHL® All-Star Legacy Project. Members of the community and special guests were invited to get a first look at the incredible upgrades.
YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles President & CEO Alan Hostrup joined NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, AEG President & CEO Dan Beckerman, Los Angeles Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille, and 2017 NHL All-Stars Jeff Carter (LA Kings) and Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes) to unveil the building’s updates, while NHL mascots, including Bailey of the LA Kings, cheerfully greeted guests upon arrival.
Renovations included a brand new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Lab featuring desks, computers, interactive floor projector video game and LA Kings-themed locker room wall. The Youth Activity Center and Multi-Purpose Room received upgrades with new amenities; and the Teen Resource Center, thanks to an additional donation from Pepperdine University, will now be a space for teens to receive mentoring and explore career pathways. Even our branch’s outdoor space was given new life with upgraded furniture, flooring, and additions of a vegetable and flower garden.
Following a celebratory ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by Kings’ Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller, Y kids were treated to a friendly game of street hockey with the two NHL All-Stars and Kings’ radio analyst Daryl Evans, who, during his tenure on the team, scored one of the franchise’s most significant goals in the Kings’ legendary “Miracle on Manchester” playoff win.
Thanks to this generous gift, our Crenshaw Y – a staple in the community for more than 65 years – was not only able to provide a memorable day for those in attendance, but will have the resources to now serve even more kids and families with exciting new programs and activities.