The Florida Everblades are celebrating the Winter Olympics and art this weekend at Germain Arena during their two-game series against the Gwinnett Gladiators.
The Blades (24-19) will wear special Olympic-themed jerseys for both games. Designed by kids at the Golisano Children's Hospital, the uniforms feature the team logo in a shiny gold, representing Olympic medals, over a blue background. Artistic drawings by the young patients represent Olympic events at the waist and flags of the world along the arms.
After Saturday's game, the jerseys will be auctioned live with the proceeds going to the Lee Memorial Health System Foundation to help build the Children's Hospital expansion.
Friday also marks the Blades' first-ever Paint the Ice Night.
Kids-and kids at heart-are invited to stick around after the game and go on ice where they will be able to paint original designs on the ice surface, turning it into a special canvas. The Blades and Gladiators (21-23) will play on that decorated ice for Saturday's rematch.
It is the first time fans will be able to personally design a portion of the playing surface for a game at Germain Arena.
Both nights also feature the Blades' Family Fun Weekend and Carnival to benefit The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools, which runs from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. each night.
The carnival features bounce houses; face painting; carnival games; and live music.
In addition, there is a European Car Show from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. Admission to the carnival is $20 per person, per day.
Tickets for both events are on sale at the arena box office.