Each season, Blackhawks players and coaches visit local hospitals to sign autographs, pose for pictures, participate in games or crafts and interact with children. The Blackhawks have visited NorthShore University HealthSystem, University of Chicago Hospitals, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children and the Ronald McDonald Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center.
Teammates for Kids Foundation
Blackhawks players and coaches are proud to donate and be part of the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation. The Foundation exists to develop and implement innovative concepts that generate financial funds for the benefit of children's charities that represent health, education and inner-city services. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised go directly to children's charities. Teammates for Kids was established in January 1999 as a non-profit corporation by co-founders Garth Brooks and Bo Mitchell. Since the foundation's inception, more than 2,800 professional athletes have joined the team, distributing more than $80 million through in-kind donations and scholarships. Teammates contribute a predetermined sum of money based on selected categories from their in-game performances. For example, a hockey player will pledge to contribute $1,000 for every goal he scores in a season, or a goalie could pledge $500 for every shutout. The Teammates for Kids Foundation then triples all donations made by professional athletes.
Chicago Gateway Green
Chicago Gateway Green provides the Blackhawks with a comprehensive community initiative that aims to educate our fan base to be leaders in responsible environmental development. With our Chicago Gateway Green partnership, the current generation of Blackhawks staff and fans can help to lead the charge in leaving our environment in a better condition for the generations to follow. For more information on Chicago Gateway Green, please visit www.gatewaygreen.org.
Chicago Blackhawks Charities, along with the help of the Blackhawks Better Halves, hosted a Thanksgiving Food Drive during the Nov. 10 and 14 games in 2015. Fans were encouraged to bring in nonperishable food items and monetary donations to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.
CBC is hosting toy drives at Blackhawks home games on December 4, 6 and 9. Fans are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys or monetary donations to be entered into a nightly drawing to win Blackhawks prizes. The toys will be given to patients and their families at hospitals throughout the Chicagoland area. Collection bins will also be located at all Blackhawks Store locations.
The Chicago Blackhawks Reading Program is designed to encourage students grades K-8 to to read in and out of the classroom. This program helps students get excited to read throughout the hockey season by rewarding them with great prizes! Each student will get a reading log sheet to track the number of pages they read at home and in the classroom. Top monthly readers will be featured on our website and become eligible to win prizes! The classroom with the most pages read at the end of March will win a visit from a Blackhawks personality!
During Blackhawks home games on Jan. 22 and Jan. 24, 2017, fans can bring in new and gently used books to be donated to charitable organizations through Chicago Blackhawks Charities. Collection bins will be located at the main gates, and a raffle ticket will be given for each book or $10 donated for a chance to win a 2016-17 team-signed stick.
The Hockey is for Everyone initiative is a component of The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice, the National Hockey League's social responsibility program that builds on the league's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world.
HIFE provides support and unique programming to non-profit youth hockey organizations across North America that are committed to offering children of all backgrounds opportunities to play hockey. The initiative is supported by NHL member clubs, players, NHL alumni and fans. To date, Hockey is for Everyone has exposed close to 45,000 boys and girls to unique hockey experiences.
Hockey Fights Cancer is a component of the NHL's "Biggest Assist Happens Off the Ice" campaign, the League's long-standing tradition of addressing important social issues in North America and around the world. Hockey Fights Cancer is a joint initiative founded in December 1998 by the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Player Association to raise money and awareness for hockey's most important fight. It is supported by NHL Member Clubs, NHL Alumni, the NHL Officials' Association, Professional Hockey Trainers and Equipment Managers, corporate marketing partners, broadcast partners and fans throughout North America. To date, more than $12.8 million has been raised to support national and local cancer research institutions, Children's Hospitals, player charities and local cancer organizations.
In addition to the NHL initiatives, the Chicago Blackhawks host an annual Hockey Fights Cancer game each October. Players wear special jerseys, and media and coaches wear Hockey Fights Cancer ties. These jerseys and ties are then auctioned online after the game. In-game activities include the participation of children from Make-A-Wish Illinois and Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, including a ceremonial puck drop, on-ice recognition before the national anthem, Shoot the Puck and Zamboni rides.