PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — When Sidney Crosby posted eight points in the NHL All-Star Game he was named most valuable player and was gifted a Honda Passport Elite for his efforts.
Friday morning, Sidney Crosby donated the vehicle to a local veteran.
“You know what’s even cooler? Giving it away to a veteran who truly needs it.”
You know what's even cooler?
Giving it away to a veteran who truly needs it.
— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) November 8, 2019
Madeline Malizio is driving away with a new 2019 Honda Passport after Crosby gave it away last week. Malizio has been an Army Specialist over the last five years. The single mother to a 3-year -old son is currently taking classes at CCAC for legal studies.
Before the gift, she did not have a car, and had to take the bus to school, work and daycare.
“It’s been the best day ever,” Malizio said. “I can’t even put into words how grateful I am, and how blessed I feel for what he’s done today. He was telling me how he heard about my story and he wanted to do something to help my situation. I was confused. I wasn’t sure what he could be talking about. He puts the garage up and it’s this car. I felt weak in my knees. I felt speechless. I don’t really think there is a word to describe how you feel in that moment.”
The Penguins hosted local veterans at their practice Friday at UPMC Lemieux Complex and the veterans received a tour of the practice facility, met several of the players, and were given customized jerseys with their names on the back to honor their service to the nation.
The team also honored a host of Veterans Saturday night against the Chicago Blackhawks at PPG Paints Arena.