Vegas Knights Build up our #VegasStrong Community
October 1, 2017 shook our city. It was the evening of the infamous attack on the Route 91 Music Festival. What happened next was beautiful though. The community came together as one and we deemed ourselves #VegasStrong. This hashtag rang of perseverance, kindness and inclusion. This is something our town has grasped to tightly since that moment.
Another act that helped bring our community even closer was the birth of our very own nationally recognized hockey team, the Vegas Golden Knights. Their first game was October 10, 2017 and the impact was profound. The very first and winning game was dedicated to the victims of the attack and donations for the affected families were made. In 2018 the #58 was retired in honor of the 58 fatalities from the 2017 attack.
City National Arena in Summerlin is the practice facility for the Vegas Golden Knights. As a community we love our VGK so much that when City National Arena opened, a holiday was named in its honor. September 18th is now City National Arena Day. VGK once again served to benefit our city by sharing their practice facility with UNLV, which allowed the Skatin’ Rebels to move up to Division 1 as a result. City National Arena also shares time with the public, allowing for inexpensive opportunities to skate, figure skating time, different levels of junior and adult leagues, plus all can stay and watch a VGK practice absolutely free.
In fact, City National Arena has been so popular that another practice facility is slated to open July 2020 in Downtown Henderson. The city could not be more excited to have the same great features available locally. It’s another opportunity to promote physical fitness to Henderson youth and bring friends and families together.
The Vegas Golden Knights Foundation is the charitable division to VGK, and acts as a responsible corporate citizen. The not-for-profit foundation supports youth, physical fitness, health, well-being and fights against hunger and homelessness in the Valley. The VGK Game Changer Program gives Clark County teachers $1,000 grants to improve their classrooms. The Knights Assist program gives up to $50,000 for community initiatives aligning with their goals. The VGK Foundation even supports a water conservation training program for teens.
T Mobile Arena in the heart of Las Vegas is the game site for VGK and has become host to all manner of events and concerts. Not only is it a green facility, but it has airport-style security, and accessibility features, assuring a fun and responsible outing for everyone. Judging from the huge smiles and cheers from adults and kids alike, bringing together our community has never been more fun. Thanks for the future memories VGK! You ARE Vegas!