New Jersey Devils Team Up With Covenant House To Hold First-Ever Sleep Out For Homeless Youth at Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza on Saturday, March 24

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New Jersey Devils Team Up With Covenant House To Hold First-Ever Sleep Out For Homeless Youth at Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza on Saturday, March 24

Sleep Out Will Take Place Post Devils Home Game vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

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Newark, NJ (Feb. 26, 2018) -- On March 24, following the New Jersey Devils home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Devils alumni, employees and fans will gather for an unprecedented effort to help the homeless youth of New Jersey by sleeping outside on Prudential Center’s Championship Plaza to help raise funds and awareness for Covenant House New Jersey. 

“Prudential Center and the New Jersey Devils are honored to partner with outstanding non-profits like Covenant House to have a transformative impact on youth in our communities and around the world,” said Hugh Weber, President of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, which includes in its portfolio the New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center. “Leveraging the power of sports and entertainment as a platform to better the lives of people in our communities is a commitment we hold close to our hearts and we look forward to ensuring the ‘Sleep Out’ is an impactful experience for everyone involved.”

 “By hosting this first-ever Sleep Out, the New Jersey Devils organization is stepping up in a way that will help us reach homeless kids and transform their lives,” said Covenant House New Jersey Executive Director Jim White. “We will not only raise funds for essential food, clothing, shelter, medical care and educational and job training. On March 24, the Devils will also be sending a message that homeless kids desperately need to hear…that we care about them. We believe in their promise and together, we will become a unified voice for all the homeless and trafficked kids in New Jersey with no voice of their own.”

The Sleep Out will begin following the game at approximately 10:15 p.m. and kickoff with an inspirational panel discussion. Volunteers will have the opportunity to hear from and meet formerly homeless youth, including Ashley, who was living in the woods in Asbury Park when Covenant House Outreach Team brought him to the shelter four years ago. Today, Ashley is a valued employee of Prudential Center and will selflessly share his story with Sleep Out participants on March 24. 

“I have never been afraid to walk in my truth,” said 24-year-old Ashley. “If I can help raise awareness so that just one more kid gets the kind of help I’ve gotten from Covenant House and the people at Prudential Center, it will all be worth it.”

Participants will be provided with cardboard boxes and sleeping bags for the night. To conclude the night, a morning discussion will take place where those involved in the sleep out will have the opportunity to reflect on the impact of the event.

“My teammates and I are fortunate enough to live out our lifelong dreams of playing hockey in front of the greatest fans in the world…Yet we know that there are thousands of kids across New Jersey who are living a nightmare on the streets, which is heartbreaking to all of us.” Said New Jersey Devils Captain, Andy Greene. “ However, there is hope for these children and it’s great to know that we play for an organization like the New Jersey Devils that is dedicated to improving the lives of homeless youth. It is with the help of everyone that we can ensure they too can have a bright future.”  

“The more I’ve learned about what Covenant House is doing for homeless youth throughout New Jersey, the more excited I’ve become to have the Devils be part of the Covenant House mission,” said Jeff Scott, Vice President of Community Investment and Grassroots. “Many of our employees have visited the youth at Covenant House, and have been inspired by their courage, resiliency, and optimism. We’re grateful to have the opportunity to open our doors at Prudential Center to make a difference in the lives of homeless youth in this unique, powerful way.”

Those interested in participating in this important and impactful event can

Covenant House New Jersey provides food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services such as education and job training to homeless youth in seven cities across New Jersey. When you Sleep Out, you help us keep the lights on and doors open for the thousands of kids who seek a way off the streets this each year.  

The New Jersey Devils are part of the 31-team National Hockey League, with teams throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1982, they are currently in their 34th season in the Garden State.  During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships:  1995, 2000 and 2003. Follow the Devils at, on Facebook and @NHLDevils on Twitter. The New Jersey Devils organization is a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment property.

Prudential Center is the world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. The arena is also home to the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, which opened its doors to the public on October 2017. The 8,200-square-foot experience marks the first GRAMMY Museum outpost on the East Coast, and features a dynamic combination of educational programming and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a spotlight on legendary GRAMMY winners from New Jersey. Ranked in the Top 8 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and over 2 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit and follow the arena on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PruCenter. Prudential Center is a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment property.

For more information contact: 
ToniMarie DiPietro | | 973-286-3425