On Thursday Washington Capitals defensemen Zdeno Chara and Martin Fehervary participated in the annual “Stars for Children” charity event in Trencin, Slovakia. The annual event includes selected local children to attend the event and have their dreams realized by getting to meet a few of their sports idols and participate in a few sporting events with the stars.
A number of leading athletes and artists supported the well-known event this year. In addition to Zdeno Chára and Martin Fehervary, Marián and Marcel Hossovci, Richard Lintner, Marek Hrivík, Marko Daňo, Christian Jaroš, Peter Cehlárik, Adam Ružička, Ján Volko, Vladimír Brodziansky and moderators Marcel Forgáč, Junior, Didiana, Bruno Ciberej and singers Barbora Piesova, Pil C we’re also in attendance.
A full program awaited the children and an exclusive golf tournament was also held, but, due to the pandemic, without the participation of the general public.
“Thanks to the often selfless support, we were able to redistribute more than € 22,000 (just over $26,000) a year ago during the crisis. We especially appreciate the help, especially in these times for all complicated times, ” said the event manager Petra Drábová on the official website astrencin.sk.
“However, the still valid restrictions not only complicate the situation for us, but also bring other possibilities. Under normal circumstances, it would be very difficult for children from partner entities to participate in the program. However, the regulated number of visitors opened the gate for them,” she added.
On Sunday Chara received a national award for extraordinary merits in the field of sports and for spreading the good name of the Slovak Republic abroad. President Zuzana Čaputová presented the state decorations to Chara and 23 other recipients on the occasion of the 28th anniversary of the establishment of the independent Slovak Republic. More here.
Chara has yet to say whether he plans to return to the NHL next season, but it’s likely we should hear more when he returns to his home in Longboat Key, Florida in the next few weeks.
By Jon Sorensen