Being a professional athlete doesn’t automatically make you a good person, but using your platform to help better the lives of other people certainly does.
Givani Smith was selected 46th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft and is currently playing his first full season in the AHL with the Grand Rapid Griffins. The Thornhill, Ontario native played in the OHL last season, so he’s getting his first taste of what it’s like to be a professional for a full season. As a way to pass time on off-days, Smith spends a lot of time giving back to the community and used his platform during Black History Month to try to inspire young kids in the community.
On Friday night Smith was at it again as he stepped up in a big way for a Detroit hockey player by the name of Ty Cornett, a young man who has recently been subjected to racial bullying both on and off the ice, by treating Cornett and his family to the ultimate hockey experience.
Hockey fans are guilty for overusing the term ‘this is what it’s all about’, but this truly is what it’s all about. Hockey is for everyone regardless of race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, disability, sexual orientation and social-economic status.