Fans of the Belfast Giants ice hockey team are getting involved in the ‘Real Heroes Project’ paying tribute to all those working on the frontline during the Covid-19 crisis.
The Teal Army often wear the names of their favourite players on the backs of their replica jerseys.
But now they are proudly hailing the real heroes in their lives – family, friends and fellow fans keeping Northern Ireland going throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Scoring game-winning goals and pulling off seemingly impossible saves is one thing, but manning our hospitals, caring for the vulnerable, and maintaining our supply chain of essentials is entirely another.
A video, posted online by the Twitter account of Boomerang Corner – a collective of diehard fans known for their vocal support on game nights at the SSE Arena Belfast – shows a host of fans paying tribute.
Taping over players’ names, they replace them with the frontline workers they want to thank.
The Real Heroes Project started in the US and has been embraced by major sports leagues there, from the NHL and MLB to the WWE.
Now, it has reached Northern Ireland.
“Those that wear our team’s colours are our heroes. But during this pandemic, it has become more obvious than ever before who the Real Heroes are,” Boomerang Corner stated.
“From the Teal Army to those on the frontline, thank you.”
It comes ahead of the weekly Clap for Carers, when people across the UK use the opportunity at 8pm on Thursdays to show their support for the NHS.
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