by Patrick Hoffman on 10/01/09 at 05:45 PM ET
Yesterday evening, I was lucky enough to interview former New York Islander, New York Ranger and Buffalo Sabre Pat LaFontaine for www.snyrangersblog.com. Here is some of what he had to say:
I was lucky enough to speak with Pat LaFontaine on the phone yesterday evening regarding a new program he is involved with – the ING (a financial services leader) Run for Something Better Program. The program is designed to encourage children to be physically fit.
As part of the program, he and Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen will be hanging up their skates and putting on their running shoes to participate in the 2009 New York City Marathon on Sunday November 1.
“ING realized a long time ago (7 years to be exact) that there is an obesity problem in our country as kids are not getting the physical activity that they should,” said LaFontaine. “It has affected over 50,000 kids in the United States and it is time for kids to learn about the importance of physical fitness.”
Click here for more on the program and how LaFontaine has remained active after retiring from hockey.
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