Pucks and paint

By Dave Sherry

November 13, 2013 Updated Nov 13, 2013 at 8:20 PM EDT

Binghamton, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) What do you get when you mix kids, hockey pucks and paint? A fun mess for a good cause.

The Binghamton Senators and The Magic Paintbrush Project held their annual Paint with the Players.

More than 20 special needs students from Vestal, Newark Valley and Greene went out on the ice to paint with their best slap shots.

They later worked with players on canvas paintings, and then covered a banner and each other with paint.

Players enjoyed a break from the norm and a chance to get involved with the community.

"I think it allows us to get in the community and get to know some little guys and kind of see their lives and I know it's cool for them to see what we do and spend some time in the dressing room and stuff like that. So I just think it's an all around good day," Binghamton Senators defenseman Chris Wideman said.

Organizers said seeing the kids and players interact was a great payoff after a lot of work.

"Watching the players and our volunteers and some of our supporters all together, serving the people that we work with is a really big blessing in so many ways," said Jennifer O'Brien, Executive Director of The Magic Paintbrush Project.

In the eight years that Paint with the Players has existed, nearly 1,000 people have participated.

To donate or get involved with The Magic Paintbrush Project, click here.