May 26, 2008
One would assume Zdeno Chara could scale Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro by simply reaching up to the summit and doing the world's longest chin-up, or at the very least with three or four giant leaps. But that wouldn't be a very effective way for the Boston Bruins defenseman to help out Right To Play, an international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play programs to help communities around the world. After Chara and Robyn Regehr of the Calgary Flames travel to Mozambique at the end of June, Chara moves on to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, where he'll climb the 19,300-foot mountain over six days with the goal of raising $100,000. He wants U.S. and Canadian hockey fans to raise $5 for every foot he climbs, and he's also auctioning off a spot on his climbing team via eBay.
Kilimanjaro veteran Brian Costello of The Hockey News offers some advice to Chara, and reminds us that "only about one third of the climbers who attempt Kili make it to the top." Wonder how many of them were 6-foot-9, and weight 251 pounds?