Panasonic teamed up with the NHL, the New Jersey Devils, legendary goalie Martin Brodeur, Jersey City, and the city's school district to launch a new sports photography program at Snyder High School.
The Denis Brodeur Sports Photography Program will give students in Jersey City a sports photography class. Denis Brodeur, the late father of Devils great Martin Brodeur, was a renowned sports photographer and longtime team photographer for the Montreal Canadiens. "Hockey has given so much to my family and to be able to launch this program here in New Jersey, for my father, means so much to all of us," said Martin Brodeur, pictured above at a kickoff event for the program.
Panasonic donated eight ruggedly designed FZ300 cameras to give students a chance to capture the action on the ice in still photography and in video. It also committed to provide technical expertise.
The program kicks off in March as a club and will transition to a full class each semester starting in the fall. The club will meet twice each week, offering students the chance to learn sports photography from experts in the industry, including Panasonic and Getty Images, which will support the program with volunteer instruction. Once acclimated with the program, students will have the opportunity to attend and shoot an assortment of sports events at Prudential Center and their work will be displayed at the arena.
“At Panasonic, contribution to society is one of our core business principles. We are delighted to be a part of this opportunity and see it as a great way to align our commitment to both corporate citizenship and education,” said Panasonic Corporation of North America Corporate Outreach Manager Terri Seeney pictured at the press conference announcing the initiative.