Happy Post – Dancing Flyers Fan

Happy Book BadgeIn honor of The Next Chapter’s ongoing work in The Happy Book, I’ve been taking some today to reflect on what is making me happy. It’s great to focus on what is going right since we sometimes get bogged down in what is going wrong.

This week I was lucky enough to attend game 6 of the Stanley Cup. Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks in what turned out to be a really intense back and forth game. In overtime, the Flyers pushed hard, but the Blackhawks made a final play that had the whole arena trying to figure out if the puck actually went in the goal. I’ve never seen such confusion.

Anyhow, the game was quite exciting, but one of my favorite things about it is a fan I’ve seen at Flyers games before. His name is Shawny Hill and as far as I know he has gone to every game for years. His seat is at the back of the top level in what some would refer to as the nosebleed section.

Shawny dances by his seat at every game. Usually some time during the third period, the camera visits him for a little big screen time. The crowd goes wild. They love Shawny’s dancing about as much as they like the hockey. This year he was even featured in a commercial on the local television station supporting the Flyers for the playoffs.

The following video is from a few years ago, but it’s a great representation of the energy he brings to every game. Shawny’s unbridled joy is my happy this week. (If you’re viewing this in a reader, you may need to click through to see the video.)

What is making you happy this week?



  1. Helen said,

    Friday, June 11, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Thanks for sharing that. Enthusiasm *is* infectious, and what a great reminder that dance lifts our moods!

  2. Alina said,

    Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 7:53 am

    That is a great video. His dancing makes me smile. It reminds me of Kevin James in the movie Hitch. Thank you for sharing this as I would have never seen it otherwise.

  3. Rose said,

    Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    What a great guy!

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