No matter whether the newest novelty jerseys for the Florida Everblades cause your mind to turn to the trippy YouTube video for “Octopus’s Garden” by The Beatles, “Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid or SpongeBob SquarePants, there is no arguing one certifiable fact: these jerseys are downright adorable. Not that I would want to be an Everblades player who has to wear these bad boys on Nov. 19. But when you learn why they are donning the jerseys, not to mention the source of the interesting artwork, it makes a lot more sense. It makes them awesome, even.
Now, before you go crazy and ask yourself why the team would wear “Little Mermaid” themed jerseys (especially when everyone knows that “The Lion King” is the current craze), I must tell you that according to the team, all the drawings on the jerseys were done by patients at the Southwest Florida Children’s Hospital.
The Everblades work closely with the hospital throughout the year, including donating toys from the annual Teddy Bear Toss and pairing players with patients for a special program called “‘Blades Buddies.” After Saturday’s game on Nov. 19, the jerseys will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the hospital.
Kudos to the Everblades for their charitable work. I can only imagine how much it means to those kids. Well done.
Additional photo of the out-of-sight jersey follows.
Now, this isn’t the Everblades’ first foray into special jerseys that lean toward the unorthodox side. How can we forget when the ECHL team sported these holiday-themed jerseys? Good Lord.
But as far as these latest jerseys are concerned, I am willing to wager the good works associated with these slapping these sea-bottom sweaters totally worth it for the players.