P.K. Subban has accumulated many accolades throughout his entire career, but he is most proud of one accomplishment.
For all of his on-the-ice accomplishments throughout his career, P.K. Subban wants to be known for his impact off the ice. He wants to use his platform to help others and he is doing just that. In September 2015, Subban and his foundation pledged $10 million to Montreal Children’s Hospital. According to the Tennessean, the hospital called this “the largest philanthropic commitment by an athlete in Canadian history.” Ten percent of the dollars have been raised so far.
The defenseman would regularly visit the hospital unannounced and develop relationships with the patients. They would look forward to his visits, as it was a bright spot during a difficult time for many of them. Subban said, “I feel like if you want to have the greatest impact on a community, you've got to do it through the children and kids. That's the way I've chosen to give back."
Marie-Josee Gariepy, the hospital’s Foundation President said, “Many kids were crying. Every time P.K. shows up in the hospital, you would not believe the effect he has on the kids. I’ve rarely seen anything like it.” This quote demonstrates the power an athlete has. Subban’s platform puts him on television and on a pedestal as a role model for these children. In difficult times, Subban serves as an inspiration of hope and happiness for children.
My favorite line of Subban’s is in the Montreal Gazette. He said, “Sometimes I try to think, ‘P.K., are you a hockey player, or are you just someone who plays hockey?'”. When responding to his rhetorical question, he said, “I just play hockey. Because one day I won’t be a hockey player anymore, I’ll just be someone who played hockey. So what do I want people to remember me for other than being a hockey player? Well, every time you walk into this hospital, you’ll know what I stand for.” This is a long-lasting relationship that will mean more than any on-ice accomplishment.
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