There are few things better than seeing a professional athlete give back to their community.
With Veterans Day just around the corner in the United States, Sidney Crosby did just that on Friday afternoon. The Pittsburgh Penguins superstar decided to donate the brand-new 2019 Honda Passport that he won for being named the 2019 NHL All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player to a veteran in the community.
There likely isn’t anyone better to receive it than Madeline Malizio.
Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins poses with Madeline Malizio after surprising the veteran with a new car. (Twitter//@ATTSportsNetPIT)
The 28-year-old has been an Army Specialist for the past five years and is going to school for legal studies. On top of that, she’s a single mother to a three-year-old son, Maverick.
Before Friday, she didn’t have a car.
Upon hearing her story, Crosby decided to change that.
Malizio was one of 10 veterans invited to attend the team’s practice, get a tour of the locker room and receive an authentic personalized team jersey as part of the Penguins’ special Veterans Day celebrations taking place this weekend, according to Sam Kasan.
It was in the locker room that Crosby met Malizio and launched his plan into action. After wandering together to a garage door in a corner of the facility at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, Crosby opened it to reveal the surprise.
Upon seeing the vehicle, Malizio could barely get a word out.
“Are you serious?” she said to Crosby with her hands…